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Taliban Mocks Nato On Afghan War Anniversary
As the Afghan war enters its 12th year, the Taliban has mocked Nato for "fleeing Afghanistan" in "humiliation and disgrace".
It comes as concern grows that when international combat forces leave by the end of 2014, the country will again descend into civil war.
The US-led invasion on October 7, 2001 was launched against the Taliban government for harbouring al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks.
The Taliban were quickly toppled but began an insurgency that has grown in strength over the years.
"With the help of Allah, the valiant Afghans under the Jihadi leadership of Islamic Emirate defeated the military might and numerous strategies of America and Nato alliance," the Taliban said in a statement on Sunday.
"And now after 11 years of unceasing terror, tyranny, crimes and savagery, they are fleeing Afghanistan with such humiliation and disgrace that they are struggling to provide an explanation."
A total of 3,199 Nato soldiers have been killed in the war, more than 2,000 of them Americans.
Most deaths have occurred in the past five years as Taliban attacks escalated, according to icasualties.com.
There are fears the country will again fracture along ethnic lines as it did after Soviet Russia withdrew in the late 1980s.
"It was a very bad situation," said Wahidullah, who was a teenager when he was wounded in the 1992-1996 civil war.
"All these streets around here were full of bullet shells, burned tanks and vehicles.
"People could not find bread or water, but rockets were everywhere."
As Afghans take on increasing responsibilities before the Western withdrawal, official statistics show deaths in the Afghan security forces are running five times higher than those for Nato.
The international community insists Afghan forces will be ready to take over the fight against the Taliban in two years' time.
But many ordinary Afghans fear they will not be capable and the country will descend into a multi-factional civil war.
what do you think?
'to topple the taliban government for harboring osama bin laden' ha ha ha. Do we sheep still believe this? The destruction and massacre of 100,000 of people just to get one man. We must fight terror at all costs! Women, children, babies- mangled beyond recognition. Most of which die in unimaginable pain. We must keep pressing on though until the oil pipe line is fully installed. Then we can just sit back and watch them tax and organise the chaos we will gladly leave behind. Those poor poor people.
Steven James Foulds
To paraphrase George Santayana, he that does not learn the lessons of history is condemned to repeat it. No-one defeats the Afghans on their own turf, and too many brave young men and women have died proving that.
What have we & our American allies achieved in Afghanistan - the answer is zero! Needless loss of military lives & when we do leave the country will once more return to Taliban rule. Russia had massive troop levels in Afghanistan & eventually had to admit defeat. It's another Vietnam. GET OUR TROOPS OUT NOW!
This is actually the '3rd Afghan War' between Britain and certain Afghan tribes, if you look to history. . And everytime before when we left it was never as victors. We've burned Kabul to the ground, killed innocent civilians. . But we can never claim a military victory. Just like Russia, just like Alexander the Great. Leave Afghanistan in the 6th Century
Come on chaps you know its more complicated than that! the Soviets wanted to keep the 'buffer' states in their control. And we fear the destabalisation of the whole pakistan/India region. Iran sees itself as the new power in the region.
We have wasted billions and more importantly many thousands of lives on a war which the so called powers that be knew full well could never be won. The core difference being that one side in the war actually believe in their cause - and no prizes for naming which !