A senior US diplomat in Afghanistan has become the first such person to resign in protest at the war against the Taliban, the Washington Post reported. State department employee Matthew Hoh, posted to Zabul province, said he quit because he had doubts about why the US was fighting, the paper reported. His resignation letter, written last month, prompted officials to offer him alternative jobs, but he declined.
President Barack Obama is considering future US strategy in Afghanistan. In quotes published in the Washington Post, Mr Hoh wrote to the US state department personnel section: “I have lost understanding of and confidence in the strategic purposes of the United States’ presence in Afghanistan. “I have doubts and reservations about our current strategy and planned future strategy, but my resignation is based not upon how we are pursuing this war, but why and to what end.”