Taliban leader Mullah Omar is warning U.S. and NATO forces that they will not succeed in Afghanistan.
In a statement (Saturday) marking the Muslim holiday of
Eid al-Fitr, Mullah Omar said Westerners need only to study the history
of other foreign invasions in Afghanistan to see that they will be
He said they should learn from stories like that of Alexander the
Great, whose soldiers succumbed to Pashtun tribesmen in the fourth
Omar's message comes just weeks before the eighth anniversary of the
U.S.-led invasion that toppled the Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
The leader of the Taliban insurgency is believed to be in Pakistan but has not been seen in years.
On Saturday, a bomb on a bicycle exploded in the southern city of
Kandahar, killing at least five people, including Afghan soldiers and
Taliban violence in Afghanistan has surged recently. This year has been
the deadliest for U.S. and NATO troops in the country since the