4.1.2019 Kabul seeks clarity after US president comment
The government of Afghanistan has demanded explanation from the US over President Donald Trump’s comments on the Afghan Jihad against the Soviet Union, a statement from the Presidential Palace said on Thursday.
During a cabinet meeting Wednesday, President Trump described the Soviet Union occupation of Afghanistan “as a fight against terrorism”, breaking with decades of Republican anti-communist beliefs.
“The reason Russia was in Afghanistan was because terrorists were going into Russia,” he said. “They were right to be there. The problem is, it was a tough fight.”
The Presidential Palace described the battle against the Soviets as a “national uprising for gaining freedom” and noted that the Soviet invasion was condemned by the United Nations and the United States at the time.
“All presidents of America not only denounced this invasion but remained supporters of this holy jihad of the Afghans,” read the statement, which added that the government would be seeking clarity from the United States.
Trump while chairing the first cabinet meeting of the year said: “Russia used to be Soviet Union. Afghanistan made it Russia, because they went bankrupt fighting in Afghanistan.”