In an Internet statement Wednesday obtained by the SITE Institute, a U.S. group that monitors terror messages, the Taliban said their goal was "independence and establishment of an Islamic system."
"We did not have any agenda to harm other countries including Europe, nor we have such agenda today," the group said. "Still, if you 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."
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Remember these statements made this week by the new Tehrik-i-Taliban leader in Pakistan:
Hakeemullah said that the TTP has links with Al Qaeda and other jihadi forces throughout the world. He also admitted that Afghan and Pakistani Taliban were one and there were no differences between them. Hakeemullah stated “The Afghan Taliban are fighting the allied forces under the leadership of Mullah Omar and we are his followers.”