Taliban vow to continue fighting
The Taliban say they will continue fighting foreign troops in Afghanistan, regardless of a switch in top US command in the war-ravaged country, Press TV reported.
The announcement came shortly after General Stanley McChrystal was sacked for making comments against the US President Barack Obama's administration and General David Petraeus was appointed as the top US and NATO commander in Afghanistan.
"We don't care whether it's McChrystal or Petraeus. Our position is clear. We'll be fighting the invading forces until they leave," AFP quoted Taliban spokesman, Yousuf Ahmadi, as saying on Thursday.
NATO has lost at least 80 soldiers so far this month, making June the deadliest single month for foreign troops in the nearly nine-year-long conflict.
The number of foreign fatalities in Afghanistan has soared to nearly 300 this year.
The rising number of casualties has increased opposition to the Afghan war in the member states of the Western military alliance.
The 130,000-strong foreign presence in Afghanistan has so far failed to establish security in the country.