While reacting to US President Barack Obama’s new strategy for Afghanistan, the Afghan Taliban said on Wednesday that it did not contain anything that could help resolve the Afghan conflict.
A statement issued by the Islamic Emirates in Pashto language to media organisations said: “The strategy shows that the wishes and demands of the American people, who are confronting serious financial problems, have not been kept in mind. Rather the strategy was formulated to protect the interests of the generals at the Pentagon and the capitalists.
“No sign towards solution to the Afghan issue could be seen in Obama’s strategy. It is aimed at killing two birds with one stone — to reduce Afghans’ apathy to foreign forces and to counter criticism in the US and concern of their allies. However, it is of no use, as military casualties will also increase with the rise in the number of foreign troops in Afghanistan.
“In the history of Afghanistan, none was able to capture it with deceptions, resources and high number of troops, the statement added. Neither have we any base in Pakistan nor we needed such a base outside Afghanistan as we control a vast area in our own country.
Claims about the Taliban presence in Pakistan are aimed at diverting attention from the strong resistance that our fighters are offering in Afghanistan. We have no intention to harm anyone in the world, so the presence of foreign invaders in Afghanistan has no link to security of the world.
“Like the past, the Islamic Emirates is fully committed to fighting foreign allies’ (the US and its allies) unjust, anti-Islamic and anti-Afghanistan conspiracies with long resistance, strong strategy and high morale. We firmly believe that Obama’s strategy would fail like the past. We remind the US that it would itself disintegrate instead of capturing Afghanistan if it continued with its policy of aggression.”
Mushtaq Yusufzai adds: Reacting to the announcement by the US that it would send additional 30,000 troops to Afghanistan, Taliban commander Sirajuddin Haqqani said on Wednesday that numerical strength would not save Americans from a “historic” defeat in Afghanistan.
“We knew Obama would not be different from his predecessor Bush when he was elected to the office. We also knew he would send more troops to Afghanistan but we have a strong belief that they would leave soon as America would not be able to sustain the losses at our hands,” the Taliban commander claimed.
The US State Department has announced $5 million reward for information leading to the capture of Sirajuddin Haqqani alias Khaleefa, who is head of the so-called Taliban group Haqqani Network, established by his father Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani.
The Taliban Shura had held an important meeting that was chaired by their supreme leader Mullah Omar, which decided not to halt fighting during the winter.
“Gone are the days when we were living in the mountains and could not fight in winter. Now with the support of the Afghan people, we live in major cities and towns and operate very easily,” Sirajuddin claimed.