05 Jan '13, 4pm

Taliban promise 'sacred jihad' if US forces remain in Afghanistan past 2014

The Taliban have vowed to continue their "sacred jihad" if the Afghan government agrees to allow the United States to keep forces in Afghanistan past 2014. The Taliban made the statement as the Afghan government is freeing hundreds of Taliban prisoners and the US government is debating the size of a residual force for post-2014. The statement, which was released today on Voice of Jihad , the official website of the Afghan Taliban, is signed by "The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan." "If America wants peace in Afghanistan and the region as well as a way out for its people from this ongoing quagmire then it should immediately remove all its troops from Afghanistan and practically put an end to this futile war," the Taliban said. The Taliban said "the American presence in Afghanistan" is the cause of "all this turmoil and anarchy in the region." "Therefore if America wants to l...

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