Afghanistan’s insurgent Taliban marked the eighth anniversary of the US invasion on Thursday saying that they have no “agenda” to harm other countries but would continue fighting as long as America and its allies remain in the troubled nation.
The Taliban insistence that it would pose no threat to other countries appeared aimed at countering suspicions that the Islamist movement would support al-Qaida’s global jihad if they returned to power.
Supporters of the war fear that al-Qaida would regain its once-dominant position in Afghanistan if the Taliban topple the US-backed Afghan government.
In an Internet statement on Thursday obtained by the SITE Institute, a US group that monitors terror messages, the Taliban said their goal was “independence and establishment of an Islamic system.”
“We did not have any agenda to harm other countries including Europe, nor we have such agenda today,” the group said.
“Still, if you want to turn the country of the proud and pious Afghans into a colony, then know that we have an unwavering determination and have braced for a prolonged war.”
The statement came on the anniversary of the US invasion that ousted the Taliban for harboring al-Qaida leader Osama bin Laden.