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Commander switch won't deter Taliban

The Taliban will continue their insurgency in Afghanistan regardless of a switch in NATO command after the White House sacked General Stanley McChrystal, a spokesman said on Thursday.

world Updated: Jun 24, 2010 12:54 IST

The Taliban will continue their insurgency in Afghanistan regardless of a switch in NATO command after the White House sacked General Stanley McChrystal, a spokesman said on Thursday.

"We don't care whether it's McChrystal or Petraeus," Taliban spokesman Yousuf Ahmadi told AFP by telephone from an undisclosed location, referring to newly appointed General David Petraeus.

"Our position is clear. We'll be fighting the invading forces until they leave," Ahmadi said.

Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government had publicly urged the White House not to remove McChrystal over disparaging remarks he made about officials in US President Barack Obama's administration in a magazine profile.

"Shame on Karzai, the puppet president who was shamelessly asking President Obama to keep McChrystal in the job," Ahmadi added.