Taliban leader tells his soldiers to embrace Mother Nature, plant more trees
A little over a week ago, the Afghan Army’s Facebook page posted a quote from one of its soldiers who criticized the Taliban for its destruction of Afghanistan:
Helmand is a province in southern Afghanistan currently controlled by the Taliban despite a US-led operation in the province in 2010 to quash the terrorist group.
Around ten days after the soldier's quote was posted, the leader of the Afghan Taliban released a statement in which he encouraged its soldiers, as well as Afghan civilians, to plant more trees for the beautification of the earth.
Whether or not the statement was a response to the Afghan Army’s Facebook post, or just a bizarre coincidence, is unclear.
The Taliban was removed from power by the Bush administration in 2001. The reason for toppling of the authoritarian regime was to exact revenge for its harboring of al-Qaeda, the terrorist organization that carried out the 911 attacks on the US World Trade Centers. However, Afghanistan has since remained a victim to multiple terrorist groups, and the Taliban still reigns in provinces like Helmand. Approximately 104,000 people have died since the Afghanistan war began in 2001, an estimated 31,000 of those being civilians who died violent deaths, according to The Watson Institute for International Affairs at Brown University.