In December, President Donald Trump ordered the immediate withdrawal of more than 7,000 US troops from Afghanistan. In what appears to be the first major step toward ending America’s involvement in a war fought for nearly two decades, the president has decided to cut the US military presence in Afghanistan in half, The Wall Street Journal reported. There are currently roughly 14,000 American service members in the war-torn country.
On 15/1/2019, the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan released an official statement which may hold the answer to that question. A copy of the statement is below.
“Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding current political situation of Afghanistan
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is an inclusive Islamic and indigenous force on a national level. It has combatted the American invading forces along with her domestic and foreign allies for the past two decades with all available human and material resources. Its goals are clear and legitimate, the independence of homeland and establishment of an Islamic system.
All military and political activities are carried out for the obtainment of this very purpose.
It has kept all channels open for a political solution and has designated the Political Office of the Islamic Emirate based in Doha for all contacts.
Every country seeking to lend a hand in finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan issue can contact the Political Office and are welcomed by the Islamic Emirate. However, the issue of occupation of Afghanistan is an issue concerning our freedom seeking Muslim nation, how and where to solve it is our sole right.
This issue can neither be solved through pressure or tactical maneuvering of anyone nor is it acceptable for anyone to use the issue of Afghanistan for strengthening ties or furthering their own interests.
If the United States wants to enter talks with sincere intentions and accept the legitimate demands of the Afghan nation, then the issue will find a resolution. But if it seeks to run away from accepting the legitimate demands of the Afghans and under various excuses, wishes to pursue her colonial and military objectives in the guise of peace or exert unlawful pressure by enticing other countries, it means she has a lack of interest in finding a peaceful solution to the Afghan problem.
As the Unites States agreed during Doha meeting in the month of November 2018 about discussing the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan and preventing Afghanistan from being used against other countries in the upcoming meeting, she now is backing away from that agenda and is unilaterally adding new subjects. Hence the Islamic Emirate warns the United States that if the current state of affairs continues and America sustains her insincerity, then the Islamic Emirate will be forced to stall all talks and negotiations until America ends her unlawful pressures and maneuvering and steps forward towards true peace.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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The statement definitely explains why senior US officials were in Afghanistan back in November of 2018, but what was truly said and agreed upon at the meeting is still a mystery.