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Mon Jul 28 14:20:52 SAST 2014

Afghan war will end in humiliation for US: Taliban

Sapa-dpa | 07 October, 2011 17:49
US Marines carry a comrade wounded by an improvised explosive device (IED) to a waiting medevac helicopter, near the town of Marjah in Helmand Province, in this August 21, 2010 file photo.
Image by: BOB STRONG / REUTERS

The Taliban condemned the ongoing US-led fighting in Afghanistan, on the 10th anniversary of the invasion, saying any prolongation will only end in failure and humiliation.

"Ten years ago, the arrogant American colonialists .... attacked the independent soil of Afghanistan, stepping on all human right conventions and norms and disrespecting the principles of human freedoms and state sovereignty", the Taliban said in their statement.

The statement also called the US "the most self-absorbed, oppressive and cruel people towards the entire humanity".

The Taliban also blamed the US for depriving Afghanistan of an Islamic government and stripping the country of "peace, security and safety."

More than 130,000 international troops - of which two-thirds are Americans - are fighting the decade-long war in Afghanistan.

The Taliban insurgency, that started after their ouster from Kabul in 2001, has seen a resurgence in the past few years.

US and NATO allies have said they will leave all combat operations by 2014. But few believe there will be a military victory over the Taliban by then and Afghan national security forces are not yet ready to take up security responsibilities across the country.

"Divine victory is with us," said the Friday statement by the Islamic Emirate -- a term that Taliban use to identify themselves with.

"God willing, our enemy will be forced to completely leave our country," it said.

Earlier, Afghan President Hamid Karzai admitted failing in their goal to bring security to Afghanistan.

"We've done terribly badly in providing security to the Afghan people and this is the greatest shortcoming of our government and of our international partners," Karzai said in an interview with the BBC.

"What we should do is provide better and a more predictable environment of security to the Afghan citizens and in that the international community and the Afghan government definitely have failed."

Meanwhile, a former Afghan Attorney General was kidnapped by unknown gunmen from an Afghan district late Thursday, police said.

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