Afghan Taliban claim credit for US withdrawal
Kandahar: The Taliban marked
on Friday's 10th anniversary of the Afghan war by claiming to have
forced the United States and NATO to withdraw from the
Operation Enduring Freedom, launched on October 7, 2001
after the Taliban refused to surrender Osama bin Laden, took
just weeks to topple the Islamists.
But the militia later regrouped to wage an increasingly
"The US invader, who claim they are supporters of peace,
proved in 10 years that they are the most merciless and cruel
people," the militia said.
"The US deprived Afghans of their Islamic, independent
laws in the last 10 years and also deprived people of security
and stability. The Afghan nation showed readiness to struggle
against the US invaders," it added.
"The mujahedeen gradually strengthened jihad operations
and used different war tactics against the enemy, which
resulted in a number of casualties that led the invader enemy
to think about withdrawing from this country."
The United States and its NATO allies have said they will
withdraw combat troops from Afghanistan by the end of 2014.
According to the independent icasualties.org website, at
least 2,754 foreign troops have died in Afghanistan, 1,802 of