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US on verge of defeat, claims chief Taliban negotiator

IANS  |  Washington 

The Taliban's has claimed that the US is on the verge of defeat and will quit soon "either of their own accord or they will be forced out", the media reported.

The remarks were made by in an April 28 speech to an "internal gathering" in Doha, Qatar, just two days before he led his team of insurgent negotiators into fresh talks with US interlocutors, the news outlet reported on Tuesday.

Pro-last Friday released video of Stanekzai's speech, one day after US on Zalmay and his team wrapped up the week-long negotiations with representatives in the Qatari capital.

In the speech, Stanekzai praised what he called the "bravery of the Afghan nation" for defeating past British and Soviet invasions of their country and resisting the current foreign military presence, referring to the US-led coalition, which is training and advising pro-government forces in battles against the terror group.

"God has helped us defeat three super powers in the last century. The third super power that we are currently confronted with is also on the verge of defeat, inshallah (God willing). You will soon hear they also will withdraw (from Afghanistan) either of their own accord or they will be forced out," he said.

The also criticized Afghan and compared him as well as other pro-government leaders with those who had supported during the Soviet occupation of in the 1980s.

Last week, former US said that the Taliban might retake control of the country if American troops were pulled out of Afghanistan.

After wrapping up the sixth round of talks with the Taliban last week, US had said they made "steady but slow progress".



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First Published: Wed, May 15 2019. 14:06 IST