Taliban `forced British pullout`: Militants
The Taliban on Wednesday claimed credit for British troops` planned pullout from a southern Afghanistan district and warned that the US forces set to take over the troubled region will face "the same fate."
Kabul: The Taliban on Wednesday claimed credit for
British troops` planned pullout from a southern Afghanistan
district and warned that the US forces set to take over the
troubled region will face "the same fate."
British troops will hand over control of violence-wracked
Sangin, a Taliban-infested district in Helmand province, to US
forces by the end of the year, British Defence Secretary Liam
Fox announced today.
The Taliban, who have been waging an insurgency against
foreign forces in Afghanistan, said the British force was
pulling out because of pressure from the militants` attacks.
"This is the start of the British forces` defeat in
Afghanistan," Yousuf Ahmadi, a Taliban spokesman said, reading
what he said was a statement by Mullah Omar, the militant
group`s fugitive leader.
"We defeated them in Sangin. They`ll be defeated in the
rest of the country soon," Ahmadi said on the phone, without
disclosing his location.
He said the American troops set to take over from the
British "will face the same fate. We`ll defeat the Americans
as well there (Sangin)," he added.
British forces have suffered their heaviest losses in
Sangin, with almost 100 deaths in the market town and
surrounding areas -- almost a third of their total casualties
since their military involvement in Afghanistan began in 2001.