The Taliban has declared intention to enforce Islamic law across the world after overrunning civil authority in Afghanistan, The Daily Post reports.
One of the commanders, Muhammed Afri Mustafa made the announcement in an interview with CNN.
Mustafa spoke right inside a United States base abandoned by Afghan forces after they ran out of food, leaving weapons and ammunition.
He recalled how the Taliban fought U.S. troops over the years despite more sophisticated assets and equipment.
“Many times we attacked this base when the Americans were here. We did operations, we were using IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices).
“The Americans had their helicopters, weapons and tanks on the ground. But we, Mujahideen, resisted very well.
“It is our belief that, one day, Mujahideen will have victory. Islamic law will come to not just Afghanistan, but all over the world.
“We are not in a hurry, we believe it will come one day. Jihad will not end until the last day”, Mustafa vowed.
Mawlavey Kamil, Taliban Governor, Andar District boasted that the fundamentalist group, which controlled most of Afghanistan in the late 1990s, is stronger.
There are concerns about the rights of women. As fighters took territories from government forces in July, they entered Azizi Bank in Kandahar and ordered women out.
The Jihadists led female bankers home and warned them not to return to their jobs. They, however, approved their replacement with male relatives.
“Islam has given rights to everyone equally. Women have their own rights. How much rights Islam has given to women, we will give them that much”, Kamil said.
The Taliban was formed in the early 1990s by the Afghan Mujahideen, or Islamic guerrilla fighters, who had resisted the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan (1979 – 89) with the covert backing of the America’s CIA and its Pakistani counterpart, the Inter-Services Intelligence directorate (ISI).
They were joined by younger Pashtun tribesmen who studied in Pakistani madrassas, or seminaries. Taliban is Pashto for “students.”
Pashtuns comprise a plurality in Afghanistan and are the more predominant ethnic group in much of country’s south and east.
They are also a major ethnic group in Pakistan’s north and west.