September 19, 2014

Taliban: US role in Afghanistan similar to Vietnam war

By Sajad - Wed Jan 02 2013, 2:07 pm

Taliban commander1The Taliban has likened the planned withdrawal of US forces from Afghanistan to America’s pullout from Vietnam, calling it a “declare victory and run” strategy.

The group following a statement on Wednesday said the ongoing transfer of security operations from U.S. troops to Afghan forces was merely a retreat similar to the American withdrawal from South Vietnam prior to the communist victory there in 1975.

“They want to flee from Afghanistan just as they turned tail and ran from Vietnam,” the Taliban statement said. “When America faced utter destruction in Vietnam, they came up with the formula `declare victory and run’ and want to utilize the formula of `transfer security and run’ here in Afghanistan.”

The United States withdrew is combat troops from South Vietnam in 1973, leaving South Vietnamese forces to face the North Vietnamese and Viet Cong who marched into the capital, Saigon, two years later

This comes as the American-led Nato troops are due to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, although the US will leave a residual force behind and other Nato countries have pledged continuing support of the Kabul government.

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