Washington: The US is not declaring victory against Taliban in Afghanistan though the insurgents are on the run across the war ravaged country, a top American commander said Wednesday.
Reacting to the killing of 30 American soldiers in a Taliban attack, General John Allen, commander of US and NATO forces in Afghanistan, said it is too early to declare victory as the incidents like the helicopter crash is reflective of the dangers that lies ahead there.
“All across Afghanistan the insurgents are losing. They’re losing territory, they’re losing leadership, they’re losing weapons and supplies, they’re losing public support, and across Afghanistan more and more of the insurgents are losing resolve and the will to fight, and they face relentless pressure from coalition and, increasingly, Afghan forces,” Allen said.
“We’re not declaring victory, certainly.” The Taliban had brought down the US Chinook helicopter on Friday last week, in a major strike that left 30 US soldiers, including 22 Navy SEALs dead, besides Afghan soldiers.
We realise that there are going to be long days ahead and some pretty heavy lifts, but there are indicators that lead us to believe that we are moving clearly in the direction of achieving our goals,” Allen told Pentagon correspondents in a video news conference from Afghanistan.
Observing that the progress in Afghanistan is visible, he said last month, the US began the process of transitioning security responsibility to Afghan government and Afghan forces. Zeenews