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Taliban likens U.S. Afghan role to Vietnam War

U.S. troops with the NATO led-International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) attend a security transition from NATO troops to Afghan forces in Nangarhar, December 5, 2012. REUTERS/ Parwiz

KABUL: The Taliban has likened the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan to America's pullout from Vietnam, calling it a "declare victory and run" strategy.

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

American-led NATO troops are scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, although the U.S. will leave a residual force behind and other NATO countries have pledged continuing support of the Kabul government.

 

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