Another Obama Success Story: Taliban Says They’re Taking Back Afghanistan After US Troop Withdrawal
A Taliban official spoke with the BBC today.
He said the Taliban would take back Afghanistan after the phony elections and troop withdrawal.
Obama announced the 2014 US troop withdrawal from Afghanistan years ago.
The Taliban is eagerly waiting to take advantage of the situation once the US leaves.
The BBC reported:
A spokesman for the Afghan Taliban has said it is “confident of victory” over Nato-led forces and already controls large areas of the country.
Interviewed by the BBC’s John Simpson, Zabiullah Mujahed said in remote parts it was “everywhere”, and foreign troops were scared to leave their bases.
He also denied any ties with candidates in the “fake” presidential elections.
But it is hard to believe the Taliban might make a comeback in Afghanistan as things stand, our correspondent says.
However, their takeover of Kabul in 1996 was unexpected, and the election of a weak, corrupt president could strengthen them, he adds.
Most Nato-led (Isaf) foreign combat forces are due to leave this year, having handed over control to the Afghan army, as combat operations are declared to be over.
The Taliban spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahed, seemed to have two aims in his BBC interview – to urge the claim that the Taliban are winning the war and will soon return to power, and to deny any divisions over April’s presidential election.
The Taliban, he insisted, refused have anything to do with the various candidates in what he called “this fake process”, and he strongly denied that some Taliban figures were keen to have talks with the government (though the government insists that this is the case).