The Taliban on Thursday said the plan to withdraw thousands of US forces from Afghanistan was "symbolic" and vowed to step up fighting until all foreign forces leave the country, DPA reported.
In Washington late Wednesday, US President
Barack Obama said that 10,000 troops would be withdrawn from Afghanistan by the end of the year, and another 23,000 would go home by September 2012.
The Taliban said in a statement that it considered the move "only a symbolic step which will never satisfy the war-weary international community or the American people."
"Obama and his warmongers want to deceive their nation with this announcement, while in reality, they have no respect for their nation's desire ... to bring to an end this war and occupation," it said.
The withdrawal is to bring US troop levels back down to the levels before Obama sent a surge of 30,000 personnel to Afghanistan last summer.
The US military has said that the extra troops helped drive the Taliban from much of their territory in their traditional southern strongholds, but have warned that the gains were fragile.
The insurgents' statement said US claims of their defeat in southern Afghanistan were "nothing more than baseless claims and propaganda."
"The American taxpayers must realize that, as for the previous 10 years, their money is still being wasted on this pointless and meaningless war or is still going to the pockets of the officials in the corrupt Kabul regime," it said.
The Taliban, which has been fighting the Western-backed Kabul administration and its international allies for nearly 10 years, has increased its assassinations and suicide attacks in the past two years.
"The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan [Taliban] once again wants to make it clear that the solution for the Afghan crisis lies in the full withdrawal of all foreign troops immediately and until this does not happen, our armed struggle will increase from day to day," it said.
Currently there are more than 140,000 international troops in the country. The members of the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force have said they will hand over security responsibility to Afghan forces by the end of 2014.
Afghan officials have said that Afghanistan needs 400,000 police and army personnel to provide security and fight insurgents in the country independently. The total number of Afghan forces is expected to reach 305,000 by October this year.