Pro-Al-Qaeda Outlet Deems Biden's Withdrawal Decision Acknowledgement Of 'Bitter Defeat' In Afghanistan, Says Taliban Marches On Toward 'Achieving Victory, Establishing Allah's Religion'

April 21, 2021

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On April 20, 2021, the pro-Al-Qaeda Thabat New Agency published an article on Telegram[1] responding to U.S. President Joe Biden's April 14 announcement on the decision to completely withdraw U.S. troops from Afghanistan by Sept. 11, 2021. The article cited opinion pieces published in two U.S. media outlets admitting the U.S. defeat in Afghanistan and affirmed that the Taliban will respond to the withdrawal of the U.S. troops by marching on toward "achieving victory and establishing Allah's religion" in Afghanistan. 


Titled "Biden: Our Presence in Afghanistan Is What Damages The United States... Washington Post: Afghanistan Became the Graveyard of American Hubris" and dated April 21, the article began by rejoicing over the mounting acknowledgments of "the bitter defeat" of the U.S. army in Afghanistan.

Citing the decision of "the new taghut of Al-Rum [meaning the leader of the Christian West]" Biden, the article argued that Biden spoke about "the escape from Afghanistan." The article then mocked Biden's justification of the war in Afghanistan when he said "We went to Afghanistan in 2001 to root out Al-Qaeda... The cause was just," noting that his statement is a "sign of the American humiliation." The article also inaccurately quoted Biden whom it described as "an old man suffering from dementia," as saying: "Our presence in Afghanistan is what damages the United States, not our withdrawal from there."

Denouncing his statement, the article stated: "The Crusader's talk affirms the accuracy of the statements made by Muslim leaders, mainly Sheikh Osama Bin Laden in his message to the American people. Biden also affirmed that the threat of the mujahideen has become more dispersed around the globe, and not only in Afghanistan."

Citing the Washington Post, the article quoted an opinion piece titled "Afghanistan Became the Graveyard of American Hubris"[2] by "Crusader" Ishaan Tharoor discussing the war in Afghanistan. The article rejoiced at the author's description of Afghanistan as being "a graveyard of empires" and how "today it became the graveyard of the American hubris."

The article also claimed that the author said in his article that "the U.S. administration has recognized the futility of its war on Islam in Afghanistan" when he said: "U.S. policymakers and military officials for years recognized the futility of some of their efforts in Afghanistan as the militant threat metastasized and U.S. aid cultivated whole economies built on government corruption. But the need to both justify the American presence in the country and assert that the United States was winning – or could, ultimately, win – in Afghanistan led officials to 'deliberately mislead the public.'"

Claiming that the author "knew the real nature of the American army, which has deceived the world into believing that it cannot be defeated," the article said that the author cited a former U.S. nominee for ambassador to Afghanistan as saying: "One of the legacies of the war ought to be 'greater humility about what the best military on the planet can achieve and more thoughtfulness about how we deploy it.'"

Citing an April 18 opinion piece[3] in the New York Times by "crusader" Thomas Friedman, the article quoted him as saying: "Yes, maybe leaving will make it worse, but our staying wasn't really helping." The article added that Friedman discussed the problems facing America, claiming that he said: "Instead of talking about the state of the Afghan divisiveness, it is better to focus on the current state of the American democracy due to divisions." The article then claimed that Friedman concluded his opinion by saying that "the withdrawal from Afghanistan will be more difficult than staying in it."

On Taliban's response to the U.S. decision, the article concluded by saying: "It is worth noting that there is a state of confusion in the statements of the American politicians concerning the war in Afghanistan. We see officials sometimes make contradicting statements among each other or even contradict themselves in other times. Confronting these contradictions, the Islamic Emirate [Taliban] marches on with one opinion and one leadership toward achieving victory and establishing Allah's religion on His land."


[1] Telegram, @ThabAgen_Bot, April 20, 2021.

[2], April 14, 2021.

[3], April 18, 2021.

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