The Taliban released an open letter Tuesday pressuring President Trump to remove all U.S. military forces from Afghanistan.
“Previous experiences have shown that sending more troops to Afghanistan will not result in anything other than further destruction of American military and economic might,” the group said in the English message, according to Reuters.
“We have noticed that you have understood the errors of your predecessors and have resolved to thoroughly rethink your new strategy in Afghanistan,” the letter added.
“A number of warmongering congressmen and generals in Afghanistan are pressing you to protract the war in Afghanistan because they seek to preserve their military privileges.”
Reuters reported that Trump’s administration is finalizing a strategy for dealing with Afghanistan and the surrounding region.
Commanders from the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)-led coalition in Afghanistan have reportedly requested nearly 4,000 extra U.S. troops for dealing with the conflict there.
General John Nicholson, the senior U.S. commander in Afghanistan, has also requested several thousand additional troops to act as advisers to struggling Afghan security forces.
Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Monday that Trump’s administration is “very, very close” to completing its Afghanistan strategy, adding that all options are possible there.
U.S. officials told Reuters, however, that America’s outline for South Asia is not forthcoming and may take weeks for approval.
The Taliban is seeking a return to fundamentalist Islamic rule in Afghanistan after a U.S.-backed military operation there forced the group from power.
The organization has since waged an increasingly bloody insurgency against Afghanistan’s current government, which is backed by the U.S. and other Western powers.
Trump has previously criticized the scale of U.S. military intervention and foreign aid sent into Afghanistan.
The Taliban’s letter said that the conflict there would only conclude following the removal of all foreign troops.
“Everyone now understands that the main driver of war in Afghanistan is foreign occupation,” it said.
“The Afghans have no ill-intention towards the Americans or any other nation around the world but if anyone violates their sanctums then they are mighty proficient at beating and defeating the transgressors.”