Afghanistan's insurgent Taliban marked the eighth anniversary of the U.S. invasion by saying 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 insisted that it would pose no threat to other countries.
In an Internet statement, the Taliban said their goal was ``independence and establishment of an Islamic system.'' ``We did not have any agenda to harm other countries includingEurope, nor we have such agenda today,'' the group said. ``Still, ifyou 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 Taliban called on foreign forces to leave the country.
``We call on the American rulers and their allies of the coalition once again to put an end to the game of occupying Afghanistan and killing the Afghans under unsubstantiated pretexts,'' the statement said.
``At the beginning, they were promising they will withdraw within three months, in their words, after eliminating the so-called terrorism,'' the statement said, referring to U.S. forces. ``Contrarily, today, eight years (later) they have built up hundreds of military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq.''