Kabul, 24 Safar 1434/6 January 2013 (MINA) – The Taliban fighters group in Afghanistan following a statement on Saturday warned of a prolonged war in Afghanistan if any foreign troops stay after the end of 2014, as Kabul and Washington prepare to discuss the “residual” US security presence.
This comes as Afghan president Hamid Karzai is due to meet with his US counterpart Barack Obama to discuss on a long-term security pact between the two countries which will allow the presence of US troops footprints in the country beyond 2014, according to a report published in the Afghan website www.khaama.com monitored by Mi’Raj News Agency (MINA), Sunday.
However Taliban group in its statement on Saturday said, “If America wants to leave a small or large number of its troops for whatever length of time then it means war and destruction will continue in the region for that same length.”
The source further added, “If Karzai and the Kabul regime agree with the presence of even a single American soldier then, just as presently, they shall also be responsible for all future hostilities, casualties and destruction.”
In the meantime US officials are saying that White House is willing to keep 10,000 to 15,000 troops in Afghanistan. Top American commander in Afghanistan Gen John Allen had submitted recommendations to Pentagon to keep 6,000 to 20,000 US troops in the country after 2014.
Allen, the senior US commander in Afghanistan, has submitted his much awaited recommendations on the nature and strength of US presence in the country after 2014. (T/R-011/R-006).
Mi’raj News Agency (MINA)