Afghan war will end when NATO Forces leave: Taliban leader says
June 23, Kabul : The leader of the Afghan Taliban Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzadah said on Friday that a planned U.S. troop surge will not end the protracted war until a full withdrawal of NATO troops from Afghanistan.
The remarks came in a message ahead of the Muslim holiday of Eid al Fitr. The militant leader seemed to harden his stance, saying the Afghan government is too corrupt to stay on and warning of another civil war in Kabul like in 1992 fighting when mujahedeen threw out the Communist government in Afghanistan and turned their guns on each other. That clash killed more than 50,000 civilians and gave rise to the Taliban
Akhunzadah said, "the mainstream entities of the world admit (the Taliban) effectiveness, legitimacy and success,". An apparent reference to reports of overtures by Russia and China to the Taliban amid concerns of an emerging Islamic State affiliate in Afghanistan.
The Oslo Times International News Network