Following President Trump’s announcement of the withdrawal of US troops from Afghanistan, NBC News reported that members of the Taliban celebrated the news.
“The 17-year-long struggle and sacrifices of thousands of our people finally yielded fruit," said a senior Taliban commander from Afghanistan’s Helmand province. "We proved it to the entire world that we defeated the self-proclaimed world’s lone super power."
Although many of Trump’s national security advisors opposed the decision, Taliban leaders praised the decision, claiming, “We are close to our destination.”
Afghanistan is reported to be the deadliest country in the world for terrorism. Prior to 2001, the Taliban also sheltered Osama bin Laden as he planned the 9/11 attack on the United States and has since been trying to “unseat the US-backed government in Kabul.”
Trump’s decision has shocked NATO allies and changed the international standing of the US.
“The challenge now the U.S. faces is how is it going to get the Taliban to reach an agreement if they can wait and expect a better outcome in the future if the U.S. continues to withdraw its forces?” -Seth Jones of the Center for Strategic and International Studies.