The Straits Times
Published on Oct 07, 2012

Taleban mock US as Afghan war enters 12th year


KABUL (AFP) - America's longest war entered its 12th year on Sunday, with the anniversary marked by a Taleban statement claiming that Nato forces are "fleeing Afghanistan" in "humiliation and disgrace".

"With the help of Allah, the valiant Afghans under the Jihadi leadership of Islamic Emirate defeated the military might and numerous strategies of America and Nato alliance," the Taleban said in a statement on Sunday.

"And now after eleven years of unceasing terror, tyranny, crimes and savagery, they are fleeing Afghanistan with such humiliation and disgrace that they are struggling to provide an explanation".

The US led the invasion on October 7, 2001 to topple the Taleban government for harbouring Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden after the September 11 attacks on New York and Washington.