US economy, London riots on Afghan war: Taliban

Last Updated: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 23:26

Kabul: The Taliban blamed the state of the
US economy and last week`s London riots on the war in
Afghanistan in a statement published on its website on Monday.

The insurgents claimed both situations were linked to the
US and Britain spending hundreds of billions of dollars on the
ten-year war in Afghanistan and again urged foreign troops to
pull out of the country.

The Taliban are known to exaggerate and distort their
public statements as part of a propaganda campaign
accompanying a bloody armed insurgency.

"With no doubt, the immense and basic reason of the
financial crises, deprivation and riots that United States and
UK are facing now is because of the offensive and
imperialistic policies and designs of these countries," a
statement published on the Taliban`s website said.

"They are proceeding the baseless and unjustified war by
the expenses of their own people`s taxes and they have turned
their faces from the problems of their masses."

The statement repeated the Taliban`s call for all foreign
troops to leave Afghanistan and warned that if they did not,
the US`s financial troubles would "push you to the hollow of
destruction like the Soviet Union."

The Soviets withdrew from Afghanistan in 1989, ten years
after invading, in a move often linked by historians to the
collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Earlier this month, the US had its credit rating
downgraded by Standard & Poor`s from AAA to AA+ for the first
time ever amid ballooning debt.

In Britain, there were four nights of unrest on the
streets of London and other cities last week.

The United States and Britain are the two largest troop
contributing nations to the Afghanistan war, with around
100,000 and 9,500 respectively.

The Taliban`s most recent large-scale attack in
Afghanistan Sunday killed 22 people as militants attacked the
compound of the governor of Parwan province, just north of
Kabul.

Earlier this month, the militants also said they had shot
down a US helicopter in central Afghanistan, killing 38 troops
in the biggest single incident loss of life for foreign forces
of the whole war.

PTI



First Published: Monday, August 15, 2011 - 23:26

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