ISLAMABAD- Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Afghan Taliban supreme leader, claimed the Taliban are winning the war while the foreign forces face defeat.
Omar proclaimed this in his Eid message on the Taliban website and added that the Taliban will continue fighting, adding, “We believe the war in Afghanistan will come to an end when all foreign invaders pull out of Afghanistan and a holy Islamic and independent regime prevails here.”
The Taliban chief said the presence of a limited number of troops under whatever title it may be will mean a continuation of occupation and the war.
He also opposed signing the controversial security agreement with the United States allowing an extended stay of a few thousand American troops beyond this year.
He also claimed, “Vital centers of the enemy have come under successful attacks in cities. Writ and administration of the Islamic Emirate has become stronger comparatively.”
Omar recalled that the recent exchange of the detainees with the U.S. was a spectacular achievement. The Taliban freed a U.S. soldier for five senior leaders, released from the infamous American detention center at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba.
Omar also called on his fighters to protect their borders and maintain good relations with nations of mutual respect. His own whereabouts are unknown since the U.S. military dislodged the Taliban government in late 2001.