New IIA Leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada Tells US To End Afghan Occupation
01 August 2016
New Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IIA), or known as Taliban, leader Mullah
Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada on Saturday called on the US to end its
''occupation'' of Afghanistan in his first message since been appointed the
militant group's supreme leader in May.
''Admit the realities instead of useless use of force and muscle show and put
an end to the occupation,'' Akhundzada said in a speech on the eve of
Eid-al-Fitr, the Muslim festival marking the end of the fasting month of
''Our message to the American invaders and her allies is this: the Afghan
Muslim people neither fear from your force nor your stratagem. They consider
martyrdom in confrontation with you as a cherished goal of their life,''
''You will not be able to frustrate the determination and our Jihadic
struggle, by your resorting to extending the time of presence of your soldiers
or of increasing military rule of engagement in Afghanistan,'' Akhundzada
''You are facing up not a group or faction but a nation. You are not going to
be a winner,'' Akhundzada added.