The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday urged the re-elected U.S. President Barack Obama to focus on his domestic problems and withdraw from war-torn Afghanistan to prevent the deaths of more of his soldiers.
"Obama has realised that the Americans are tired of the war and the back-breaking costs of the war,’’ the spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahid, said in a statement.
"Therefore, he should pullout the occupying forces from our country as soon as possible and prevent the deaths of more Americans.’’
At least 67,000 U.S. troops are still engaged in the war against the Taliban and more than 2,000 U.S. soldiers have been killed since it began in 2001.
"This time, Obama should use the opportunity well, in order to stop increasing anti-U.S. sentiments in the world. Obama should prevent the U.S. from acting like the world's police force and focus instead on solving the problems of the Americans,’’ he said.
"Americans are tired of the war and the extravagant military expenses. Obama should listen to the people of the U.S. and put an end to all the hollow wars, and prevent the U.S. from committing more war crimes in the world,’’ he said.
Mujahid also said Obama had "realised that he has lost’’ the war in Afghanistan. "Instead of dragging his feet and making excuses, he should speed up the withdrawal of the occupying forces,’’ he said.