A special message carried on Taliban news outlets from new leader Hibatullah Akhundzada urges Afghan's to plant more trees. Trees in Afghanistan are cut down for fuel and illegal timber sales creating a severe deforestation problem.
|In his statement Akhundzada asked civilians and fighters to "plant one or several fruit or non-fruit trees for the beautification of Earth and the benefit of almighty Allah's creations". Such a statement on environmental issues from the Taliban is quite rare. Usually statements deal with military successes or criticism of the Afghan government and its NATO supporters.|