Taliban attempts to appeal to U.S. audience in new letter

The Taliban sent a detailed letter Wednesday addressed to U.S. officials making demands and urging them to stop fighting and settle the war peacefully. The letter was sent also sent electronically to media outlets in various languages. Taliban appeals to American people to ‘rationally’ rethink war effort.

Letter of the Islamic Emirate to the American people!
The American people, officials of independent non-governmental
organizations and the peace loving Congressmen!
With the hope that you will read this letter prudently and will evaluate the
future of American forces and your profit and loss inside Afghanistan in light
of the prevailing realities alluded to in the following lines!
The American people!
You realize that your political leadership launched a military invasion of our
country 17 years ago. This invasion was not only contrary to the legal and
national norms of our own sovereign country but also a violation of all
international rules and regulations, but still the following three main points
were put forward by your authorities to justify this illegitimate invasion:
1. Establishing security by eliminating the so called terrorists inside
2. Restoring law and order by establishing a legal government.
3. Eradicating narcotics.

However let us analyze how successful your war-monger leaders were in
achieving the above three slogans in this illegitimate war?

Increased insecurity and fighting:
In 2001 when your ex-president George W. Bush ordered the invasion of
Afghanistan, his justification for that felonious act was the elimination the
Islamic Emirate (Taliban) and Al-Qaeda.
But despite continuing this bloody war for seventeen years and accepting
huge casualties and financial losses, your current president Donald Trump a
to continue the illegal 17 year old war in Afghanistan - acknowledged

increased insecurity and emergence of multiple groups instead of the single
unified Islamic Emirate (Taliban).
This was stated by Trump while declaring his new war strategy for
Afghanistan and South Asia on 23rd August 2017 and seventeen years later,
again ordered the perpetuation of the same illegitimate occupation and war
against the Afghan people. Since your authorities admit the presence of
multiple warring factions inside Afghanistan, it verifies our claim that by
invading Afghanistan and overthrowing a unified responsible government of
Taliban, the Americans have merely paved the way for anarchy in the
No matter what title or justification is presented by your undiscerning
authorities for the war in Afghanistan, the reality is that tens of thousands of
helpless Afghans including women and children were martyred by your
forces, hundreds of thousands were injured and thousands more were
incarcerated in Guantanamo, Bagram and various other secret jails and
treated in such a humiliating way that has not only brought shame upon
humanity but is also a violation of all claims of American culture and
In this lopsided war and as confirmed by your own military authorities, 3546
American and foreign soldiers have been killed, more than 20,000 American
forces injured and tens of thousands more are suffering mentally but in
reality the amount of your casualties is several times higher and is
deliberately being concealed by your leaders. Similarly this war has cost you
trillions of dollars thus making it one of the bloodiest, longest and costliest
war in the contemporary history of your country.

Chaos and the most corrupt regime:
Even though it is not the duty of America to draft laws and suggest systems
for other countries but nevertheless, the second excuse of George W. Bush
for the invasion of Afghanistan was to establish a supposed legitimate

government. But despite seventeen years of war costing thousands of
American and coalition lives and billions of dollars, such a system has taken
root in Afghanistan which has achieved the following administrative, legal,
military and political records:
Number one internationally in administrative and financial corruption.
Number one internationally in violating human rights.
Number one internationally in usurping of land and embezzling international
Number one internationally in violence against women, etc. etc.
The latest example of the corrupt regime formed in the wake of American
invasion is the presence of a two-headed system which is unparalleled in the
established laws of forming a government throughout the world.

Production and expansion of narcotics:
The third justification of George W. Bush to invade Afghanistan was the
prevention and eradication of narcotics. Let us examine the amount and
levels of production and expansion of the narcotic trade in Afghanistan after
seventeen year war effort?
According to the data provided by UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs
and Crimes) a prior to the American invasion a poppy was cultivated only on
185 hectors land of Afghanistan and only in areas controlled by anti-Taliban
forces whereas the level of heroin addiction among Afghans was next to nil.
But following the American invasion of Afghanistan, poppy cultivation
skyrocketed from 185 hectors to 328,000 hectors while under the shadow of
seventeen year occupation, the number of drug addicts has reached 3
million people.
On 21st December 2017, the UNODC (United Nations Office on Drugs and
Crimes) reported that drug production increased by 87% and poppy

cultivation increased by 63% during the year 2017, thus mounting the total
production of narcotics to 9000 metric tons.

The American people!
You proclaim to be a developed and civilized nation of the world. Since the
imposed government in Afghanistan is established by you therefore we
leave it to your judgment to decide a according to your logic and conscience
a whether the present system and its pertinent changes, insecurity, chaos
and 87% increase in narcotics are reforms or crimes against humanity?
Your authorities proclaim that tens of billions of dollars have been spent on
various reconstruction projects in Afghanistan. Of course this is the same
money which is collected from you as taxes and revenues, but here it has
been distributed among thieves and murderers.
Do you agree that the hard earned money of your labor should be wasted
on such a corrupt system where in only one criminal case, $900 million were
stolen from Kabul Bank by corrupt officials?
Do you consider it the rule of law in American culture and lexicon where the
first deputy of a government is a person involved in the felonious act of
sexual assault on a 70-year-old man besides hundreds of other crimes
against humanity?
Is this the civilization, modernity and rule of law proclaimed by you in the
Were your 3546 forces killed in Afghanistan to establish and empower such
a system?
Can your scholars, intellectuals and unbiased analysts produce an answer to
our questions?
You must understand that our people are living, watching and closely
analyzing all these calamities and that is why the regime working under the

shadow of your military support and the corrupt elements assembled
therein are not looked upon as a legitimate government rather they are
considered a band of usurpers, looters, mafia warlords and drug-dealers
while at the same time, the resistance against them is considered their legal,
moral and national obligation. The people working alongside you to impose
this system are committing treason against our nation and national
interests. On the other hand, the people who waging armed resistance
against your corrupt regime are the defenders of their homeland, national
interests, sovereignty as well as their dignity and they are revered by the
Afghan masses as their heroes. That the American media is propagating
against the Afghan resistance and labelling them as foreign terrorists instead
of Afghan freedom fighters, all of this is baseless propaganda aimed at
concealing their own humiliating defeat. To repudiate this propaganda, we
only want to say that had there been any chance of success in Afghanistan
with foreign support, the American invaders and their coalition forces would
definitely have succeeded due to enjoying the political and military support
of a powerful country like the United States of America as well as the
support of a well-equipped military alliance like NATO.

The People of America!
We would like to summarize our message to you in the following words:
The Afghans who are fighting your forces and any other invader today, this
is their legal, religious and national obligation. However mighty and wellequipped your forces might be, even if supported by the entire world, this
resistance will be sustained by the Afghan people due to their religious, legal
and national obligation. This resistance is considered by Afghan masses as a
sacred responsibility of defending their creed and country. To relinquish this
sacred obligation is considered by them as abandoning Islam and all human
values and this disgrace is never acceptable for any valiant Muslim Afghan

Afghans have continued to burn for the last four decades in the fire of
imposed wars. They are longing for peace and a just system but they will
never tire from their just cause of defending their creed, country and nation
against the invading forces of your war-mongering government because
they have rendered all the previous and present historic sacrifices to
safeguard their religious values and national sovereignty. If they make a deal
on their sovereignty now, it would be unforgettable infidelity with their
proud history and ancestors.
Afghanistan is a country which has maintained its independence throughout
its several thousand year history. Even in the 19th and 20th century when
most Muslim countries were occupied by the then European imperial
powers, Afghanistan was the only country in the region to preserve its
independence and despite an eighty year imperialistic endeavor, the British
failed make them accept occupation. It is the same inherent zeal and historic
succession in the hearts and minds of Afghan masses which presently
inspires this empty-handed nation to continue protracted resistance against
your occupying forces. This is not exaggeration rather irrefutable reality that
today the valiant Afghan self-sacrificial attackers are competing among
themselves to carry out martyrdom seeking attacks against your invading
This national religious resistance of the Afghans is not a futile war, rather it
is progressing everyday as various parts of the country are liberated. At this
moment the head of SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan
Reconstruction) acknowledged that sixty percent of Afghan territory is
under the control of Taliban (Islamic Emirate).
In 2001 during the American invasion of Afghanistan, a number of world
countries came under the influence of misleading propaganda by your
officials and supported the warring strategy of the then president George W.
Bush. But today we see that your government has lost that international
support as a number of your coalition partners have withdrawn their forces
from our country by discerning the prevailing realities and they are currently

seeking a political solution. The international community at large is now
backing our justified resistance against the illegitimate American occupation.
If your government is still insisting on perpetuating the war in Afghanistan
by conjuring excuses, it will further undermine American prestige in the
The People of America!
In the American society where the main source of power is the masses and
the authorities are elected by public votes, the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan a as representatives of the will of Afghan nation a asks the
American people and the peace loving Congressmen to put pressure on your
authorities and demand an end to the occupation of Afghanistan because
stubbornly seeking the protraction of this war and existence of a corrupt
and ineffective regime here in Kabul will have dreadful consequences for the
region and particularly for the stability of America herself.
The Afghan masses feel pity for the whole American nation because they are
being sacrificed and are losing respect through the world with each passing
day solely due the war-mongering policies of a few war-mongering officials.
Your intellectuals, peace loving Congressmen and independent chiefs of civil
organizations should question your authorities as to why the American
people are so insecure and detested at home and abroad despite their
international prestige?
For how long will your modern country and your children continue to be
sacrificed for the war-mongering policies of a few war-mongering officials?
And what eventual benefit will these warring policies bring for your country?
The American People!
Your president and his military and political officials following his war
policies still speak the language of war in Afghanistan. They intentionally
release fake statistics for the sake of their vested interests and misguide you
and the world by throwing dust in your eyes. The reality is that in

contemporary world, the use of force and arms has been replaced by
peaceful dialogue and wars cannot be won with lies.
Only in past September a in accordance with Trumpas new strategy a
American forces used all their new powers and carried out 751 air strikes.
You should ask your Generals that despite using such force, have you
retaken even a single inch of land from the Taliban or have they become
even more powerful.
If you do not understand the inexperienced policies of president Trump and
his war-monger advisors, then look no further than his irrational decision of
shifting the American embassy to from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem which brought
America in opposition with 128 countries of the world.
Truly it is humiliating for a civilized people like you to be confronted with
such a decisive international majority. It was only due of the pursuit of
policies of force which pitted majority of the world countries against
America, and your authorities are still insistent upon that ridiculous policy!!
The Islamic Emirate had asked America from the very beginning to solve her
issues with the Islamic Emirate through talk and dialogue. The use of force
has adverse consequences, and you might have now discerned the bitter
consequences of American aggression against Afghanistan. If the policy of
using force is exercised for a hundred more years and a hundred new
strategies are adopted, the outcome of all of these will be the same as you
have observed over the last six months following the initiation of Trumpas
new strategy.
According we still believe that it is not too late for the American people to
understand that the Islamic Emirate a as representative of its people a can
solve its problems with every side through healthy politics and dialogue.
Needless use of force only complicates the issues by creating new
dimensions which gradually move out of the realm of control. The Islamic
Emirate is a regional power with deep roots which cannot be subdued by
sheer force. The chances of dialogue however are not exhausted. The

American people must understand that the Islamic Emirate understands its
responsibility and can play a constructive role in finding a peaceful solution
for issues but this can never mean that we are exhausted or our will has
been sapped. It is our policy that logic should be given a chance before the
use of force. Whatever can be achieved by logic, should not be relinquished
due to the use of force. It is the moral obligation of the Islamic Emirate of
Afghanistan to inform you, the American masses, about these realities.
We must state that the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan undertakes legitimate
efforts for the independence of our homeland. Having a sovereign country
free from any foreign occupation is our natural and human right. Seeking
freedom of our homeland and establishing an Islamic system conforming to
the creed of our people can never be called terrorism by any law of the
world. It is worth mentioning that we have no agenda of playing any
destructive role in any other country and we have practically proven over
the past seventeen years that we have not interfered in any other country.
Likewise we will not allow anyone else to use Afghan territory against any
other country. War is imposed on us, it is not our choice. Our preference is
to solve the Afghan issue through peaceful dialogues. America must end her
occupation and must accept all our legitimate rights including the right to
form a government consistent with the beliefs of our people. After gaining
independence, we would like to have positive and constructive relations
with all countries of the world including our neighboring countries. We
welcome their assistance and support in the reconstruction and
rehabilitation of our country. We want to play a beneficial role in regional
and world peace and stability, provide high standard education and
employment opportunities for our people and guarantee all human and
legal rights of every child, woman and man, secure our youth from drugs
and all other moral indecencies, provided job opportunities to every
individual such that they not leave their homeland or seek refuge abroad.
In brief, insisting on prolonging the war in Afghanistan and maintaining
American troop presence is neither beneficial for America nor for anyone
else, rather it endangers the stability of the entire world. This is irrefutable

reality which is only rejected by your arrogant authorities. If you want
peaceful dialogue with the Afghans specifically and with the world generally,
then make your president and the war-mongering congressmen and
Pentagon officials understand this reality and compel them to adopt a
rational policy towards Afghanistan!
This will be the most constructive step for the stability of your people, the
Afghans as well as the whole world.
Our only obligation is to convey (the message) to you!
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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