Tuesday, September 11, 2012

US faces defeat in Afghanistan: Taliban

US forces face "utter defeat" in Afghanistan and Americans are unsafe wherever they go in the world, the Taliban says ahead of the anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks.

Eleven years ago on Tuesday, almost 3,000 people lost their lives in the worst terror strike on American soil that saw two passenger planes hijacked by al-Qaeda slam into New York's World Trade Centre and another into the Pentagon. A fourth plane crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

What followed was a war in Afghanistan, launched over the Taliban's alliance with al-Qaeda.

"The anniversary of 9/11 is approaching America this year at a time when it is facing utter defeat in Afghanistan militarily, politically, economically and in all other facets and it has exhausted all other means through which to prolong its illegal war," a statement from the Afghan Taliban, the US-based SITE Intelligence Group said. Read More