14 Feb '11, 12am

Afghan government next to fall after Egypt: Taliban

WASHINGTON: The Taliban warned on Sunday that the US-backed Afghan government is next in line to get toppled by its people after the collapse of Hosni Mubarak's regime in Egypt, US-based monitors said. Mubarak's ouster on Friday after three decades in power demonstrates that "many weapons and soldiers and much foreign assistance cannot keep a regime in power and that they cannot always hinder the caravan of 'hope and demands' of a nation," the Taliban said on its website, according to SITE Intelligence Group. The Pashto-language statement said the Afghan people would rise up and overthrow the Kabul government due to its corruption and the "atrocities" committed by the United States in the country during a nearly decade-old military campaign. The United States will eventually turn against Afghan President Hamid Karzai's government just as it did against Mubarak in Egypt, it...

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