In a rare video message, Afghan insurgent leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar has claimed that American troops would be forced out of Afghanistan like the Soviets before them.
The leader of the Hizb-e-Islami militant group also touted the Republican Party defeat in last month’s US midterm elections as a victory for militants fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq.
“It seems that every bullet that mujahideen had fired towards the Americans in Iraq and Afghanistan has turned into a vote against Bush,” Hekmatyar said in the undated video statement received by Associated Press Television in Pakistan.
“There is no doubt that is a great victory and success for Afghan and Iraqi mujahideen,” he said. “I am convinced that the fate Soviet Union faced is awaiting America as well.” The bespectacled and bearded Hekmatyar, who wore a neat black turban, spoke from an undisclosed location in front of a rattan backdrop.
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