“We call upon all Muslims, Taliban foot soldiers, even if you are not being paid for this, and especially among those responsible for killing our innocent people, to leave the matters of our present and future to our scholars and clerics. Tell them: perform Jihad, but jihad of God is Jihad, jihad without peace, without casting away faults, without replaying those involved in corruption on earth.”
– A Taliban video, posted on Friday, to make a strong appeal to its foot soldiers urging them to continue to serve the cause of the self-proclaimed Islamic caliphate by fighting a four-year-old war against Afghan security forces and US-led troops.
The video, titled “Long Live Islamic Emirate,” shows a Taliban leader sardining the video with a call to “Mujahideen, foreign and local,” saying, “Allah will provide us a country” which “will have electricity, water, rule without war and stability.”
The Taliban have not lived up to that promise.
They have suffered a series of setbacks since a coalition of US-backed Afghan forces toppled the Taliban in 2001, and the US-led Coalition has made clear it will pull all foreign combat troops out of Afghanistan by the end of the year.
“The knife that we held in our hands was taken away by the invaders. When we return to this land, we will enjoy the same sword, God willing,” the Taliban commander says.
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