Taliban tells Obama to accept defeat in Afghanistan
The Afghan Taliban has told re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to admit that America has lost the war in Afghanistan and to pull its troops out now.
"Obama must by now know that they have lost the war in Afghanistan. So, without further lying and delays, they should leave our sacred land and focus on their own country instead," the Daily Times quoted spokesman Taliban Zabihullah Mujahid, as saying in a statement.
"The American administration should stop acting like police in the world and focus on solving their own people's problems, and don't make the world hate Americans even more," he further said.
The Taliban, who ruled Afghanistan from 1996 until 2001, were ousted by a U.S.-led invasion for harbouring Al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden after the 9/11 attacks. They have since waged a bloody insurgency against the government of Afghan President Hamid Karzai, which is backed by more than 100,000 NATO troops, mostly Americans.
All NATO troops are due to withdraw by the end of 2014.