Kandahar (Afghanistan): The Taliban said
today it hoped that the death of Richard Holbrooke, the US
special envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, would prompt the
withdrawal of American troops.
Holbrooke`s death in Washington after suffering a torn
aorta "could have a didactic effect on the American
strategists, teaching them many things to learn," a spokesman
for the Afghan insurgents said in a statement emailed to AFP.
"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan calls on the
American powers that be to abandon their dream of military
domination and colonial sway in Afghanistan.
"Their formulation of new military strategies will
never change the imminent defeat into a victory for the
The Taliban have waged a bloody nine-year insurgency
against US-led NATO troops in Afghanistan, who have suffered
record casualties in 2010 with the deaths of at least 692
The comments came days before an expected US review of
the war, a year after President Barack Obama ordered 30,000
extra American troops to Afghanistan.