Iran's Press TV, 10/19/13:
A political analyst and writer in Philadelphia says that as long as American troops remain in Afghanistan, the Taliban will fight back, and their resistance to the US occupation will only increase as the US is reducing its troop level in the country.
“The Taliban are supported by the Pashtoons, who make up over 40 percent of Afghanistan’s population, so a war against the Taliban is basically a war against the Pashtoons, and since these Pashtoons have been there for nearly two thousand years, they aren’t going anywhere, so the US will have to leave, eventually,” said Linh Dinh.
“After 12 years and several troop surges, the US hasn’t been able to subdue the Taliban, so it won’t be able to contain them with a reduced force,” Dinh told Press TV on Saturday.
The future of US troops in Afghanistan after 2014 will be decided by an assembly of tribal elders in late November as talks between US Secretary of State John Kerry and Afghan President Hamid Karzai bore no fruit over the issue of immunity for American soldiers.
Karzai now says only the assembly known as Loya Jirga has the authority to decide the contentious issues.
The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan in 2001 as part of Washington’s so-called war on terror. The war removed Taliban from power, but insecurity remains high in the country.
“One must remember why the US went in there in the first place. Bin Laden was only a pretext. The US didn’t come in to catch bin Laden but to claim Afghanistan as a strategic staging ground to harass Iran and Russia, and to gain access to the natural gas and oil of central Asia,” Dinh said.
“The US is also there to deal drugs. With the US in control, Afghanistan has become this out-of-this-world exporter of heroin. Now, the US would like to remain there forever, but its Army is exhausted, and it is going broke, so it must scale back its occupation of Afghanistan,” he added.
“The US went into Afghanistan under the pretext of the ‘war against terror,’ but that doesn’t make any sense, since the US has always supported terrorist groups, as it is doing now in Syria, and recently in Libya.”