The Taliban leader in Afghanistan, Mullah Omar, says that his forces are winning the war and that the NATO campaign has been a “complete failure.” This is just one of a few times that the Taliban leader has spoken and he demanded that President Obama unconditionally remove all NATO troops from Afghanistan as soon as possible. The current NATO presence is largely all American and its combined strength of nearly 150,000 troops.
The United States has already made it clear that it is not leaving Afghanistan until 2011; if conditions on the ground permit a withdrawal. Critics of the decision are saying that staying put another year has only emboldened the Taliban fighters even more. Mullah Omar’s statement comes at the end of Ramadan and he was quoted on jihadist websites ”The victory of our Islamic nation over the invading infidels is now imminent and the driving force behind this is the belief in the help of Allah and unity among ourselves.”
He continues to babble on about nonsense that only a radical would pay attention to. He did however ask his soldiers to follow the Taliban code of conduct and not to harm civilians; this is the first time I have ever heard them refer to a “code of conduct”. I didn’t know terrorists had a code of conduct especially when the Taliban is known to execute civilians who even just simply talk to NATO forces. It must also be in the code of conduct for them to hide amongst civilians when firing at troops so that innocents are killed in conflict.
I think the U.S. is between a rock and a hard place at the moment when it comes to the strategy in Afghanistan. We’ve pumped in 30,000 more troops only to find out that the Taliban is stronger than ever but the American people want out. The dilemma now is do we pull out and leave Afghanistan up for grabs or do we stay and continue to slug it out year after year? These next few years are going to be key for every political party in America as once the fallout is assessed and Afghanistan’s success or failure is announced; both sides stand to lose considerably.
Mullah Omar has been wanted by the U.S. State Department’s Rewards for Justice program since October 2001, for sheltering Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda militants in the years prior to the September 11 attacks. Those who were close to him say that he requested evidence from the United States regarding Osama and his alleged hand in the 9/11 attacks but did not receive any. He is believed to be directing the Taliban insurgency against the U.S.-led NATO forces and the Government of Afghanistan.
While in power, it enforced its strict interpretation of Sharia law, and leading Muslims have been highly critical of the Taliban interpretations of Islamic law. The Taliban were condemned internationally for their brutal repression of women. The majority of their leaders were influenced by Deobandi fundamentalism, and many also strictly follow the social and cultural norm called Pashtunwali. The Taliban movement is primarily made up of members belonging to Pashtun tribes, the largest ethnic group in Afghanistan