No Peace until Foreign Troops Leave Afghanistan: Taliban Chief

Mansoor warned that “foreign pressure” will not help resolve the Afghan conflict “but will rather create other problems”.


No group immediately claimed responsibility for the assaults. These so-called insider attacks, carried out by an Afghan soldier or policeman turning on fellow troops, have been a serious problem in recent years.

A senior Afghan official said “dozens” had been lost, and that the seized vehicles posed “a big threat to our forces and they must be destroyed or recaptured”.

Abdullah, the top of Afghan particular operations in Kunduz who goes by one identify, stated the Taliban can use captured automobiles exclusively for a number of weeks, as a result of they didn’t have the spare elements to maintain them operating. Three officers were wounded in the explosion.

The new Taliban leader has released a message on the occasion of a major Muslim holiday, saying that for peace in Afghanistan, it’s necessary to “end the occupation” of the country by foreign forces — a reference to North Atlantic Treaty Organisation troops.

The competing messages come days after a group of dissident Taliban commanders denounced Mansour’s recent appointment to replace the Islamist militant group’s late leader, Mullah Omar.

Mansour also urges the Taliban to unite and ignore “futile enemy propaganda” about disunity among the Taliban ranks.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour also says that all existing military and security deals between the Kabul government and other countries must be revoked.

When rumors surfaced in July that Taliban leader Mullah Omar died back in July 2013, reports that were subsequently confirmed by the Taliban, many believed that this might be the beginning of the end of the group.

Mullah Mansour consolidated his position last week after Mullah Omar’s eldest son and brother swore allegiance to him.

Taliban sources said Mansour’s rivals including battlefield commander Abdul Qayum Zakir were behind the second statement.

However, the bilateral cooperation has also been halted because of rise in insurgent attacks in Afghanistan that the Afghan government has blamed on the Haqqani network of insurgents fighting alongside the Taliban with alleged links to the Pakistani spy agency, ISI, charges Islamabad denies as baseless.


Washington and Kabul signed a deal in September past year allowing around 13,000 foreign troops, including 10,000 United States soldiers, to stay on after NATO’s combat mission ended in December 2014.

Afghan Taliban commander conditions peace with removal of foreign troops