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Taliban condemn Trump’s decision on Afghan war, vow ‘jihad’ will go on

US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will keep American troops in Afghanistan with no set timetable for withdrawal.

FILE: The US commander in Afghanistan John Nicholson (R) talks with soldiers in the Afghan province of Helmand on 29 April 2017. Picture: AFP

KABUL – A spokesperson for the Afghan Taliban condemned on Tuesday US President Donald Trump’s announcement that he will keep American troops in Afghanistan with no set timetable for withdrawal.

“Instead of continuing of war in Afghanistan, Americans should have thought about withdrawing their soldiers from Afghanistan,” Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement issued hours after Trump’s televised speech on US policy in Afghanistan and South Asia.

Mujahid said “as long as there is even one American solder in our country”, the Islamist insurgents would “continue our jihad”.