Sunday, May 29, 2022

US President termed Afghanistan “Laboratory for terrorists”


Zubair Yaqoob
The author has diversified experience in investigative journalism. He is Chief content editor at

US President Donald Trump has designated Afghanistan as a training center for terrorists, thereby defending the delay in the troop withdrawal it was seeking. “I’d like to just go out,” Trump told Fox News in an interview broadcast Monday night (local time). “The problem is, it just seems to be a laboratory for terrorists.” With reference to the famous American elite university, the president added, “I call it the Harvard of terrorists.”

Trump referred to the attacks of September 11, 2001, the terrorist network Al-Qaeda be attributed. Al-Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was then living under the protection of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan. Trump pointed out in the interview broadcast on Monday that he had already significantly reduced the troop presence in Afghanistan. He assured that after a withdrawal of the military, he would leave a very strong intelligence presence in Afghanistan.

Trump stressed: “We want to get out.” But it was a very difficult decision. “It’s 19 years now. And we should not have been there for 19 years. “In fact, the United States-led operation in Afghanistan began in October 2001, just 18 years ago.

Trump continued: “19 years. They build hotels, we do, I mean, we had a Holiday Inn that cost sums ten times what it should have cost. “In Afghanistan, neither the Holiday Inn chain nor other American chains operate hotels , Trump also said, “They’ve built a gas station, a pretty famous deal, where it cost about $ 80 million to build a gas station.” It remained unclear which gas station the American president was referring to.

The United States is negotiating with the Taliban a political solution to the conflict. The talks in the Gulf Emirate of Qatar are aimed above all at a timetable for the withdrawal of international troops and at the request of the United States for guarantees that terrorist attacks will no longer be planned from Afghanistan. A truce continues to reject the radical Islamic Taliban.

US President also warned Iran about exceeding the permissible amount of low enriched uranium. Tehran “plays with the fire,” Donald Trump said Monday in Washington. “They know what they are doing. They know what they’re playing with, and I think they’re playing with fire. “Previously, the White House had said the United States would” never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons. It continues to exercise “maximum pressure” on Tehran until the local leadership change course. It had been a “mistake” that Iran had been allowed in the international nuclear agreement even a uranium enrichment.

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The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) had confirmed on Monday that Iran has exceeded the allowable amount of 300 kilograms to 3.67 percent enriched uranium. For the first time, Tehran has violated a provision of the 2015 International Atomic Energy Agreement. The international nuclear agreement stipulated that Iran should be allowed a maximum of 300 kilograms of low-enriched uranium. In early May, however, the leadership in Tehran announced that it would no longer comply with the uranium and heavy water limits if the contractors did not comply. Iran responded to America’s President Trump’s exit from the agreement a year earlier.

In addition, the US President wants to make a speech at the celebrations on July 4 under the motto “Salute to America” ​​at the Lincoln Memorial, where he wants to pay tribute to the American military. “We will have a great 4th of July in Washington, DC. He will be like no one else, he will be special, and I hope many people come, “said Trump.

The Washington Post reported that one of the two Boeing 747s to become the “Air Force One” among the planes to fly over the celebrations is when the President travels to it. After Trump participated in the French National Day in Paris in 2017 and watched a military parade there, he also wanted one in the US capital. The Post reported that the military parade planned for last year cost about $ 92 million. The plans had been stopped when the costs became known. It is unusual for the President to address the people at Independence Day celebrations at the National Mall in Washington. Back in February, Trump had bragged in a Twitter message to his supporters that the celebration would be “one of Washington’s biggest gatherings in history” – including “a speech from your favorite president, me.”

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