The Taliban celebrated this as a victory for the Islamist state.
The Taliban’s Voice of Jihad released this statement.
Some 13 years from today the United Nations under the order and pressure of America created an invading military force consisting of troops from 42 nations classifying it as ISAF or Peace Keepers!! then dispatched it to Afghanistan to terrorize, bomb and kill.
The savagery and crimes committed under the shadow of this force in Afghanistan and unfortunately the ‘Peace Keepers’ as labeled by the United Nations are not hidden from anyone.
Thousands of innocent Afghans, women, children were burnt in the fire of barbarism and cruelty of these so called Peace Keepers, their homes were destroyed, people were displaced, the country was drowned in a pool of blood and this process is incessant to this day because of these invaders and their stooges.
We consider the creation of the ISAF military force as beginning of an oppressive mission, manipulating the United Nations by carrying out vile duties for American interests in the twenty first century.
Today ISAF rolled up its flag in an atmosphere of failure and disappointment without having achieved anything substantial or tangible and transitioned to a new mission by hoisting the meaningless flag of Resolute Support. We consider this step a clear indication of their defeat and disappointment. Even though arrogant forces can never summon the courage to proclaim their own defeat however the world understands that a mission which failed to subdue and domesticate the valiant Afghan nation despite being equipped with arms, money and state of the art technology and is now announcing end of its combat mission demoralized and with lowered heads can never truly provide ‘Resolute Support’!!? to its lackeys while it has failed to capitalize on all chances, America is exhausted, the western military machine has malfunctioned and has been drawn into many theaters worldwide.
America, its invading allies, ISAF, NATO along with all international arrogant organizations have been handed a clear cut defeat in this lopsided war. Tens of thousands of soldiers were killed and wounded, billions of dollars wasted, their nations were exhausted, their countries faced economic turmoil and even recession, their Generals failed one after the other and they lost their stature and prestige internationally.
Evolving missions and changing titles is neither success nor some achievement for ISAF, NATO and America. They have nothing left except empty talk on stages, lies and deceits to try and mislead their nations.
Hollow rhetoric and meaningless talk will never permanently fool nations. Perhaps their own people have now realized that invading Afghanistan and commencing combat missions was butting heads with mountains and the most idiotic decision in modern history.
We are of the belief that our nation will continue strengthening the trenches of Jihad, the demoralized American built forces will constantly be dealt defeats just like their masters and independence shall be achieved and a way paved for the establishment of a pure Islamic system by expelling the remaining invading forces unconditionally.
We cannot be fooled by transition of ISAF missions or by changing the name of NATO missions. Our courageous nation shall continue its Jihad and struggle so long as a single foreigner remains in Afghanistan in a military uniform and the remaining enemy plots like the former will be also pushed to the edge of defeat and disappointment, Allah willing.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
Obviously, the Taliban is very excited about Obama’s latest irresponsible move.