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Oct 18 2017
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Taliban. 322 people are quoted and you can read 529 citations of them about Taliban. Ashraf Ghani, John Nicholson, James Mattis and John Kerry, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. Ashraf Ghani said: “There has been an attack, our special forces are dealing with it. This attacking civilian targets is a sign of weakness, not strength.”.
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All quotes about Taliban

Malala Yousafzai

5 years ago, I was shot in an attempt to stop me from speaking out for girls' education. Today, I attend my first lectures at Oxford.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students - the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead.feedback

Martin Parnell

If I want a holiday, I go to Wales in a cottage.feedback

Carmen Gentile

Leaving the capital is asking for trouble. If it weren't for the Taliban and the decades of war, Afghanistan would be an adventure-traveler's paradise.There's whitewater-rafting potential. There's mountaineering, hiking. It's gorgeous.feedback

Martin Parnell

Of course, the moment you have that kind of thought, it throws up a lot of questions. We hear the news all the time about Afghanistan, and terrorists, and the bombing. ... I didn't even know if it was feasible.feedback

Martin Parnell

For me, when I'm running it's weather, and hydration, nutrition. For [her] it was verbal and physical abuse.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

Our focus is to put pressure on the Taliban to make that a viable option for them, that they need to come to the table.feedback

Donald J. Trump

Yesterday, the United States government, working with the Government of Pakistan, secured the release of Caitlan Coleman, Joshua Boyle and their three children from captivity from the Haqqani network, a terrorist organization with ties to the Taliban. The Pakistani government's cooperation is a sign that it is honoring America's wish for it to do more to provide security in the region. I want to thank the Pakistani government and I want to thank Pakistan. They worked very hard on this, and I believe they're starting to respect the United States again.feedback

Caitlan Coleman

We can only ask and pray that somebody will recognise the atrocities these men carry out against us as so-called retaliation in their ingratitude and hypocrisy. My children have seen their mother defiled.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We can no longer be silent about Pakistan's safe havens for terrorist organizations, the Taliban and other groups that pose a threat to the region and beyond. We have been paying Pakistan billions and billions of dollars at the same time they are housing the very terrorists that we are fighting. But that will have to change, and that will change immediately.feedback

Joseph Votel - Army

We are very appreciative for the efforts of the Pakistani military in helping effect the securing of our American hostages that have been held there, and a Canadian citizen, for quite some time. It is a positive sign that they (recognized) the importance, they (recognized) the opportunity, they acted quickly and very responsibly to get control of these persons and begin to effect their return.feedback

Khushal Yousafzai

Sorry for being a headache for the last 5years. So grateful you are still with us. Ik (I know) you miss me but i am coming to oxford in 2years.feedback

Paul Boyce - Army

We continue to maintain careful respect for the military-judicial process, the rights of the accused and ensuring the case's fairness and impartiality during this ongoing legal case.feedback

Joe Dunford

We're not winning and it's at a stalemate. That's my assessment of where we are right now. We're not at a point where we can bring a successful political conclusion to the war.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Beginning last month, and for the first time in this long fight, all six Afghan military corps are engaged in offensive operations. During these recent months, there have been fewer civilian casualties as a result of coalition operations, although regrettably, Taliban high-profile attacks on civilians continue to murder the innocent.feedback

Omar Zwak

We are investigating which air force had carried out the strike.feedback

Amir Mohammed Barakzai

Yesterday, our forces tried to land in the district compound, but they couldn't make it. Finally, last night, Afghan forces along with foreign forces managed to drop their men there.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I want to reinforce to the Taliban that the only path to peace and political legitimacy for them is through a negotiated settlement.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

An attack on an international airport, anywhere in the world, is a criminal act by terrorists. It is a classic example of what the Taliban are up to right now.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

There has been an attack, our special forces are dealing with it. This attacking civilian targets is a sign of weakness, not strength.feedback

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

The "attack on the airport is a sign of weakness, not the sign of strength.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

If in fact there was an attack ... his is a classic statement to what Taliban are up to. If in fact this is what they have done, they will find Afghan security forces against them.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

I don't want to tell the enemy exactly what we are doing but the whole point is to make certain we have a compelling battlefield advantage over anything the Taliban tries to mass against your forces.feedback

Imran Khan

I think Donald Trump's policy is deeply flawed. He neither understands the history of Pakistan nor the character of the Afghan people. More fighting and bloodshed is not the answer. I said it 17 years ago and I am still saying this now.feedback

Imran Khan

Drone attacks lead to collateral damage. If (they) were such a successful strategy, they would be winning the war.feedback

Imran Khan

I think Donald Trump's policy is deeply flawed. I think Pakistan has done enough. I think now the others players involved need to do more.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

We want to talk with the Taliban, but it is not open-ended opportunity. . . . If the Taliban wants to join peace talks, the Afghan government will allow them to open an office, but this is their last chance.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

All the clinics and the hospital in Oruzgan, they have no facilities – no medicine, no doctors, no personnel. They just keep some guards and cleaners for salary. There is nothing medical.feedback

Mohammad Nayab

We are working closely with elders and influential people around the province to convince the Taliban not to bring health affairs into politics.feedback

Khan Agha Miakhel

The Taliban have closed all district health clinics and sent us threats to shut down the hospital, too, so the doctors decided to close it down for their own safety.feedback

Amir Muhammad Barakzai

The polio drive is postponed until the issue has been resolved with the Taliban.feedback

Mohammed Arif Noori

This is a concern for us, and we will investigate what is the reason that Taliban can easily kill a commander. We have heard that some people help the Taliban, but that isn't proved yet.feedback

Amanullah Kamran

Ghazni has 18 districts, and 2,600 police is not enough for such a province. In Ghazni, army forces are not active – most of the operations have been done by police and uprising forces.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

It provides a new context for Pakistan to seize the opportunity for engagement. If the Pakistanis doesn't do more, there will be consequences.feedback

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

The general perception in Pakistan was that our efforts were unappreciated, and today, we are being scapegoated. We are active partners in the war on terror. No less than that.feedback

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi

We have regained control of the area. There are no sanctuaries anymore. There are none at all. I can categorically state that.feedback

Fazel Bari Baryalai

It was a bomb which had recently been planted by the Taliban to target Afghan forces but a civilian car went through it. All the people killed in the car were young people from the area.feedback

George Tenet

Greg V. took command of the situation, sprinting from one defensive position to another, telling the Afghans that this was their chance to prove their worth and make history. If necessary, die like men!' he shouted. Backbones stiffened; Karzai's forces repulsed the Taliban attack.feedback

Hugo Llorens

Today we remember how this conflict began but let us also remember how this must end, with Afghanistan never again serving as an ungoverned space, sanctuary or base for those who are bent on attacking us and our allies.feedback

Zabibullah Mujahid

American invaders are enemies of religion and our word. You may well understand that our mujahedeen are defending Islam and our word.feedback

Mohammad Asim

The Americans made a big mistake. The youths and the religious scholars are all upset. They were about to react, and we tried to stop them because if they make a protest the enemy will use it against us. The coalition forces don't know our culture very well, that's why they made this mistake.feedback

Mohammed Halim Fidai

The ordinary people held up the holy book and said to the Taliban, for the sake of the Qur'an, leave our houses. But the Taliban refused, and finally the airstrike happened.feedback

Thomas Ruttig

If civilian casualties continue rising, sooner or later at least sections of the population will not be happy about the government not being as vocal as Karzai. Do the Afghans prefer to be killed by their own or by the Americans? Maybe it doesn't make a big difference.feedback

Mohammed Hafiz

I bought two melons – 30 afghanis each. I heard it's cheap this year, so I came to buy for my children.feedback

Mohammed Ayar

I start the fire an hour before the sunrise, and the tea is boiling by the time the sun comes out.feedback

Siamuden Pasarly

If you transport melons from Kunduz to Kabul, the shipment gets stopped and extorted up to 41 times.feedback

Ahmad Bashir

When we woke up in the morning, the farmer had disappeared – and the truck driver was left with the fruit. We gave his address in Kunduz to the driver and said, You can try to find him there. Maybe he will have some wheat or rice at home to sell and pay you the rest of your money.feedback

Abdul Wahab

In Baghlan, the formal government tax on a truck is 100 afghanis, but the militia commanders ask for 2,000. And when you say, Why, for God's sake, be a little fair,' they say, Don't move your lips, I will smash your mouth.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

It is time for the armed opposition of Afghanistan to choose whether they are fed on the milk of the mothers of this country, and are inspired by this nation, or whether they are the tools for disunity, chaos, used by outsiders.feedback

Hawas Khan Kochai

Three families were living in the house which was bombed; 11 people, including eight women, were killed. We recovered all the bodies with an excavator after several hours, but two children are still missing.feedback

Ghulam Farouq Hajizada

The Taliban had left the area three or three and a half hours before the airstrikes. Not a single person from the Taliban died – all of the casualties were civilians. The Taliban already knew that an airstrike would come in Zer Koh, that is why they left.feedback

Abdul Basir Mujahid

After some five to 10 minutes, I understood it was finished and I started running.feedback

Abdul Basir Mujahid

I heard gunfire, when I turn my head, I saw the suicide attacker – he was wearing a white Afghan robe with a scarf. I dropped to the ground, he had a pistol in his hand and he was firing on the policeman who was getting money from the machine. He fired four or five bullets and then he blew himself up.feedback

Jennifer Rubin

Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, and the senior U.S. Embassy official, special charge d’affairs Hugo Llorens, spoke at a joint news conference about the importance of reaching a settlement with the Taliban in an attempt to end the nearly 16-year war.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

We are not involved in today's attack on a mosque in the Khair Khana area of Kabul.feedback

Eidi Muhammad Akbari

Half of the mosque was full of worshipers – women upstairs and men downstairs, hundreds of men and women. They threw a grenade inside and then entered.feedback

Daniel Lindsey

The Taliban is often embedded in the community, but nobody likes the Islamic State, so they are often separate.feedback

Daniel Lindsey

Some guys can complain about it, but most I know don't seem to have any problem finding Islamic State or Taliban to kill. If you use the rules smartly, you'll get the bad guys.feedback

John Nicholson

The Taliban cannot win on the battlefield, it's time for them to join the peace process. We will not fail in Afghanistan, our national security depends on that as well.feedback

Kevin Hulbert

I think it's going to be very difficult to simultaneously be punishing the Pakistanis, and withdrawing aid, and financing, [while] at the same time … saying, We really would like your help with Taliban reconciliation and supplying our troops in Afghanistan.feedback

Hugo Llorens

The Taliban has a choice: they can continue to kill fellow Afghans and terrorize communities in a conflict they have no possibility of winning. Or they can seek reconciliation and put an end to the war.feedback

John Nicholson

There will be additional capabilities, some of that is already arriving. But we are not going to talk about the specific numbers. We are not going to telegraph to the enemy what it is we are going to do and how we are going to influence the battlefield.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

All of that can be put on the table. But at the end of the day Pakistan has to decide what is in Pakistan's best long-term interest from a security standpoint for themselves and for their people. If I were the Pakistan government I would have growing concerns about the strength of the Taliban.feedback

Romain Malejacq

I don't think they would be strong enough to take control over the entire country.feedback

Romain Malejacq

There's a vicious cycle. Eventually, the conflict keeps on going, these fractures become more salient.feedback

Romain Malejacq

I'm not saying that state formation will never work in Afghanistan, but externally building, as we're trying to do it, cannot work. The more we go on, the more fragmented it gets. I'm getting more and more pessimistic. I don't really know how Afghanistan is going to get out of it, to be truly honest.feedback

Abdul Salam Afghan

Next to the bombing site we have a mosque in which children are studying religious subjects, they suffered casualties from the powerful bombing.feedback

Nancy Soderberg

She believes it will take more than military action to win the war. Right now the Taliban are making a comeback so a strategy that focuses on denying them the ability to come back and gain more territory is crucial.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

I am grateful to President Trump and the American people for this affirmation of support for our efforts to achieve self-reliance and for our joint struggle to rid the region from the threat of terrorism. The U.S.-Afghan partnership is stronger than ever in overcoming the threat of terrorism that threatens us all.feedback

Mohammad Omar

We are happy about this new strategy of U.S. We are the people who have suffered bloodshed, war and murder for long time. We are agree with Trump's strategy for war against terrorism by killing the terrorist and extremist groups. But we have witnessed 16 years of war, of U.S. in Afghanistan, and we haven't seen a positive impact for the life of Afghans ... However we are still optimistic for this strategy.feedback

Isfandiyar Pataudi

Vilifying Pakistan appears to be a convenient pillar in the new U.S. policy for Afghanistan.feedback

Isfandiyar Pataudi

Pakistan's sacrifices, and the cost paid in blood and treasure, have been trivialized by the repetitive 'havens and sanctuaries' mantra that is the excuse of choice for failure to bring peace to Afghanistan.feedback

James Downie

Before becoming a presidential candidate, Donald Trump called for a “speedy withdrawal” of U.S. forces from Afghanistan. During the campaign, he backed off the “speedy” part of that phrase, but he still touted his opposition to “nation building.” On Monday night, though, Trump became the latest president to prolong what is already the longest war in American history, announcing that more U.S. forces would be deployed there even though “my original instinct was to pull out.” For once, Trump should have stuck with his instincts. The United States has no long-term strategy for winning the war, and there is no voter interest in the troop levels that would be required to win anyway. It’s past time to get out of Afghanistan.feedback

Zabibullah Mujahid

If America doesn't withdraw its troops from Afghanistan, soon Afghanistan will become another graveyard for this superpower in the 21st century. As long as there is one US soldier in our land, and they continue to impose war on us, we, with a high morale, will continue our jihad.feedback

Rex W. Tillerson

There's been an erosion in trust because we have witnessed terrorist organizations being given safe haven inside of Pakistan to plan and carry out attacks against U.S. servicemen, U.S. officials, disrupting peace efforts inside of Afghanistan. Pakistan must adopt a different approach, and we are ready to work with them to help them protect themselves against these terrorist organizations ... We are going to be conditioning our support for Pakistan and our relationship with them on them delivering results in this area.feedback

Hamid Karzai

For us it means more war, destruction and loss of life. There was not a single word about the peace effort. It was all talk of war, and we have had enough of that. Afghans want an end to this conflict. We don't want to be in a war of U.S. and regional interests. What we need is for the United States to help us find peace, rebuild our country and institutionalize the Afghan state.feedback

Ghulam Farooq

The people of our country have become hostages in the hands of both terrorists and corrupt officials. All their promises for a better life, security, fighting corruption and creating jobs are just cheap talk. If the U.S. does not put pressure on this, it can bring down all our institutions.feedback

Abdullah Abdullah

I'm sure that the announcement of the policy and implementation of it will affect the situation in favour of the Afghan National Security forces.feedback

John Dempsey

The only way Afghanistan will stabilize is if it has a government the Afghan people want.feedback

Abdul Jabbar Qahraman

You don't make peace with people like that. You also don't win by killing them, there are always more.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

Attacking our enemies, obliterating ISIS, crushing Al Qaeda, preventing the Taliban from taking over Afghanistan and stopping mass terror attacks against America before they emerge.feedback

Arif Rafiq

I think what Pakistan hopes for is the U.S. to engage it as a partner in Afghanistan, rather than as a contractor deputed to arrest or kill insurgent leaders named by Washington. That requires coordination on border security and a structured dialogue process with the Taliban. I think Islamabad will remain rather firm in steering its engagement with both Kabul and Washington in that direction.feedback

Abdullah Waqif

If reinforcements don't reach them, the situation will get badly worse.feedback

Dick Durbin

We've tried this before, we've tried to fortify our effort in Afghanistan under Republican and Democratic presidents, and the fact is we're still in a situation where the Taliban controls a massive part of the territory. We need to have an honest answer to the question: Will the Afghans ever be in a position where there is less corruption and there is less incompetence and they're able to stand up and defend their own nation? It's time for some honest answers.feedback

James B. Linder

The enemy is not doing very well. The reality on the ground, is quite different.feedback

Javid Faisal

Since the Afghanistan mission is predominantly seen from a military point-of-view in the U.S., I am assuming that it was meant to draw attention to other opportunities and facts that offer strategic and win-win prospects.feedback

John McCain

We must face facts; we are losing in Afghanistan, and time is of the essence if we intend to turn the tide.feedback

Aryana Saeed

I wanted to put a smile on people's faces in the place where the Taliban executed people. I'll perform in the street if I have to. The mullahs are the enemy of the Afghan people, the enemy of happiness. They should stand against Taliban that kill our people every day. Why are they afraid of me? I am only a singer.feedback

Abdul Wahid Taqat

Most of these political parties have illegal armed men, and it's a threat to the government. They could force the government to collapse and also open a path for the Taliban to return to power.feedback

Dawlat Waziri

Overall, there is a plan to protect them, especially those who are directly involved in operations against the terrorists.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

So excited to go to Oxford!! Well done to all A-level students - the hardest year. Best wishes for life ahead!feedback

Malala Yousafzai

I enjoyed my school years, and I am excited for my future. But I can't help thinking of millions of girls around the world who won't complete their education.feedback

Abdul Raziq

His car was followed. The Frontier Corps were following him, and within five minutes of him being hit they reached him, with the media.feedback

Abdul Raziq

He told his relatives that 'relations with Pakistan were very bad and they might kill me.feedback

Agha Lalai

He was very worried about his safety. He had a conversation with his family and he gave last instructions to educate his children, on his money, most of the talk was instructions in the case of his death.feedback

Abdul Raziq

He was a prime target for the Americans and the Afghan government. He was a terrorist.feedback

Abdul Raziq

There were reports that he may have wanted to escape. We knew one month before that Mansour was ready to make peace.feedback

Abdul Raziq

Ten days before he was killed he sent messages to villages and to commanders asking them to share their views on peace talks.feedback

Michael Kugelman

This is a struggling organisation that is trying to re-establish networks and membership after being hit hard on the battlefield in recent years. Women are a strategic demographic because they have the ability to exert influence over their sons. If women are converted to the militant cause, they can encourage their sons – or daughters for that matter – to join it as well.feedback

Sharif Aminyar

According to our credible information, 50 people have been killed.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

Ghazanfar is not Daesh – he is our commander in Sar-e-Pul, a very active commander, and he is under our command, our flag. He has allegiance with us.feedback

Sharif Aminyar

It was a joint Daesh and Taliban operation. The Taliban were led by Mullah Nader, and Daesh was led by Sher Mohammed Ghazanfar. Despite several demands for air support and the special forces, the demands were ignored by central government. They told us the air force was busy in other provinces.feedback

Attah Mohammed Noor

We may have to take control of administrative buildings and airports to put pressure on and paralyze the government. We were the ones, not Ghani, who helped the U.S. fight the Taliban. It is wrong that the U.S. should use us when they need us and then throw us away like empty Pepsi cans. They shouldn't support a group of five individuals against everyone else.feedback

Ghulam Mehdawi

The Taliban are saying, It wasn't us – it was Daesh that did it.feedback

Ghulam Mehdawi

This was a massacre – they executed 24 people at once, then they killed a woman and her husband near the mill, four people inside the mosque.feedback

Abdul Qadir

I lost my brother and father. Now I have to take care of three families – my father's family, my brother's family and my own family.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Fewer and fewer Americans understand what is at stake in the wars in which we are engaged. How many Americans could, for example, name the three main Taliban organizations we are fighting in Afghanistan and Pakistan?feedback

Janan Agha

I heard loud explosion and then saw one of the armored vehicles in flames. Then the road was blocked and the helicopters arrived.feedback

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

This attack deliberately targeting civilians at prayer can have no justification whatsoever. Fanning terror and sectarian violence against a specific community is abhorrent, and those responsible must be brought to account.feedback

Zia Durani

The area is cordoned off by the coalition forces. We are not aware of their casualties.feedback

Juma Gul Hemat

In recent operations, we have inflicted heavy losses on them but their focus is to recruit fighters from this area. They are not only from Pakistan or former Taliban, there are fighters from other countries and other small groups have pledged their allegiance to them.feedback

Noor Nawaz Piawari

For the last two weeks, the Taliban have been attacking the northern districts of Kandahar and have killed many Afghan security forces.feedback

Shakeela Mangal

They have taken position in the mountains above the district center to strike on the Afghan forces, in case they plan to move ahead to retake the district.feedback

Mohammed Yousuf Younusi

The Taliban fooled the officials – they split into three groups, and launched simultaneous attacks. One group attacked Shah Wali Kot District, another attack Nish District, and a third group attacked this Afghan Army base which is not far from the district center. Things are really bad, and this is a shame.feedback

Donald J. Trump

We've been there for many years. We've been there for now close to 17 years, and I want to find out why we've been there for 17 years, how it's going, and what we should do in terms of additional ideas.feedback

Waheed Muzhda

You can bring any amount of explosives into the city if you have money. Corruption is the big problem. Any group, even a small group, can bring weapons, ammunition to anywhere in the city.feedback

Sayed Fazlullah Wahidi

The police are corrupt, the security people are corrupt and the people are against the government, all this together makes it easy for the Taliban.feedback

Ali Ahmed

I was in my shop when suddenly I heard a terrible sound and as a result all of my shop windows shattered.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

Once again, these terrorist are attacking civilians and targeting government staff.feedback

Shehbaz Sharif

No words can express the grief which grips my heart right now. [The] blast destroyed many families, but terrorists can never destroy our resolve.feedback

Haider Ashraf

We suspect that he (the suicide bomber) came on a motorcycle and he rammed it into a police checkpoint.feedback

Mohammed Rasool

Taliban gathered from four provinces to launch the offensive on Taiwara, and their numbers were between 1,500 and 3,000 people.feedback

Naser Khan

Tell the government, for God's sake, don't give up hundreds of people's sons for slaughter here. If they don't pay attention, hundred people will be lost here.feedback

Naser Khan

There is no water, no ammunition. We have nothing – it's only God and that's it. The Taliban are attacking us, firing mortars and heavy weapons, saying, Surrender or we will kill you all.feedback

Borhan Osman

Haibatullah is a cleric who has shown he is not much for the worldly business either, and he is trying to return to the earlier spiritual way of Mullah Omar's leadership.feedback

Sediq Sediqqi

They lied – it's part of propaganda. The Taliban leaders and their families are living in luxury in Pakistan and Qatar, and they incite others to kill Afghans in the name of jihad.feedback

Adam Stump - the Pentagon

This decision does not reduce the significance of the sacrifices that the Pakistani military has undertaken over previous years. We continue to be encouraged by Pakistan's operations in North Waziristan and elsewhere in the [federally administered tribal areas]. Pakistan's efforts have reduced the ability of some militant groups to use North Waziristan and the [tribal areas] as a safe haven for terrorism. However, the Taliban and the Haqqani Network continue to operate in other locations in Pakistan.feedback

Michael O'Hanlon - The Brookings Institution

I'm skeptical that the strategy can be dramatically improved. You can try to be tougher on Pakistan. You can try to make clear that we are there for a long-term commitment. But I don't expect a dramatic metamorphosis of this mission.feedback

Kamel Danesh

I didn't hear the blast. I was just knocked over. My mouth filled with dust. I tried to stand up but couldn't. I looked down and my leg was cut off at the bone. My hand was cut off.feedback

Allan Oshea

Everybody who's been here before me has a story – 'I did this, I did that.' With them it turned into an ego trip in a way. Yeah, you came here and you performed your mission. But now I am here to help the Afghans perform their mission.feedback

Matthew Reid

You carry that baggage with you – of the places we fought and sacrificed, and to see it rolled back. Dwelling on the past is just not useful, because we have a job to do going forward.feedback

Matthew Reid

It went back to what, I think, you could have reasonably predicted it would have – because, fundamentally, we weren't here long enough.feedback

Abdul Karim Attal

Over the past three days, a joint effort is underway to disrupt the momentum of the Taliban in Nawa District, because Nawa is becoming a growing threat for the capital of Helmand.feedback

Joe Dunford

Winning is getting major areas of the country under control, and working towards some kind of ceasefire with the Taliban. They will not negotiate unless they think they are losing.feedback

Nawaz Sharif

No Muslim can ever imagine to commit such horrific act. Such acts of terrorism will be dealt with full power of the state.feedback

Asif Ghafoor

Today's incidents are an effort to spoil the festive mood of Pakistani nation post-cricket victory and upcoming Eid.feedback

Charles Cleveland

The November attack spurred us to re-examine who is working on the base. We have made changes, not only based on force protection concerns, but we also took the opportunity to bring the number of contractors in line with the reduction of forces.feedback

Malik Abdul Jabbar

If they were inside the base, it would have been more secure for them, but Americans are not allowing Afghans inside the base.feedback

Mohammad Asif

Sometimes it makes one say, based on the principles of Islam, may God banish them from this land.feedback

Lal Muhammad Omarzay

We do not have any direct contacts with Mullah Rasoul's group, but we do not fight them either. They do not face us, and we do not face them either.feedback

Abdul Manan Niazi

The reason they targeted us with a car bomber is the Taliban are afraid of us, because we are enhancing our influence in Helmand and the people realize now the Taliban are getting financial support from Iran and Russia. They have lost touch with the grass roots.feedback

Abdul Manan Niazi

We have told the residents not to allow Taliban to stay in their villages, and if anyone is found giving shelter to the Taliban, their homes will be burned to ashes.feedback

Ajab Gul

Rasoul's group are supported by the government forces, they operate very freely in government controlled areas. They can come to the main town of Shindand and target people they dislike.feedback

Ali Sadaat

ISIS claimed responsibility, but we are not sure. It may be Taliban terrorists, it may be a fifth column in the government. There are too many questions unanswered, like how did these terrorists know about last night's program?feedback

Jennifer Solari

The government is not in any way suggesting the defendant has become a jihadist or that she is a Taliban sympathizer.feedback

Sayed Hamed Daqiq

It is really difficult to be optimistic for peace with the Taliban and other armed oppositions when Kabul has witnessed such a tragedy. With the current government leadership, it is nothing more than a dream.feedback

Afshan Jafar

Attacks aren't our fault, and we often suffer the most from them.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

Half of the body of a person standing less than two meters away from Dr. Abdullah ended up in one hospital, while the other half was taken to a different one.feedback

Ashraf Ghani

There are too many players running too many parallel tracks with too little clarity on who they are and what they represent. We also ask that you respect the integrity of an Afghan-owned and -led consolidated process and not set up separate tracks of your own.feedback

Rahila Jafari

Our brothers and sisters were martyred in the bloody attack on Wednesday, and our leaders are doing nothing to stop this carnage. We want justice, we want the perpetrators of the attack to be hanged to death.feedback

Abdul Hakim Mujahid

There are movements underway about peace and the making of a peace deal, but I am not hopeful about the current situation.feedback

Ghulam Sakhi

For God's sake, what is happening to this country? People leave home to fetch a loaf of bread for their children and later that evening, their dead body is sent back to the family.feedback

Mirwais Yasini

This is an inept government that cannot protect the people and must be dissolved. It is time for an interim government to be formed.feedback

Basir Mujahid

It was a car bomb near the German embassy, but there are several other important compounds and offices near there too. It is hard to say what the exact target is.feedback

Mohammad Haroon

I've never seen such a powerful explosion in my life. Business will be very bad, nobody will come for shopping anymore.feedback

Mohammad Moheq

The reason the Taliban resort to such acts is that they want to make sure their legitimacy is not questioned by the sermons of these ulema. The only thing that undermines their legitimacy is the ability and power of these ulema if they preach and argue against them. Only they can challenge the Taliban's ideology, not the liberal academics or others, and the Taliban understand that.feedback

Abdul Hafiz Mowahed

These are not new enemies. The Prophet Muhammad predicted that once the sword bleeds innocent blood, this blood will run until the Day of Judgment.feedback

Aziz Agha

I saw the Mawlawi lying on his back – when he saw me, he moved his lips to say something, but he couldn't.feedback

Jan Agha

When I come to work, the first thing I do is recite a verse of the Quran at his grave. Then I weep, and then I go to my office.feedback

Alexandra McClintock

I remember the sound that came out of me when I collapsed, I remember crawling into my fireplace.feedback

Jack Keane

The questions they have to ask are: Is that additional force decisive? Are we going to win? Can we force a political settlement? The reality is that the Taliban have the initiative. They have the momentum. They attack when they want, where they want, and the outcome is usually successful for them.feedback

Bismullah Afghanmal

Luckily, there are no human losses, but damage has been done to the properties of local people and governmental buildings.feedback

Angelina Jolie - United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

I am proud to be a part of this beautiful film with this timely and very important subject matter. Millions of girls around the world have to grow up before their time, working to provide for their families at a very young age and in difficult circumstances. They have the strength to do what no one should ask little girls to do. I hope this film is able to bring this discussion to a broader audience.feedback

Malay Khan

When I came outside, I saw all the children lying around – some of them had hands missing, some head, some feet.feedback

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

I was appalled to hear that an unexploded mortar round killed five boys from the same family yesterday. The children were playing outside their home and found the mortar round, likely fired during fighting earlier in the day. A family destroyed in seconds - this horror is just one of too many incidents documented at the onset of this fighting season.feedback

Malcolm Turnbull

We are certainly open to increasing our work there, but we've obviously got to look at the commitments of the ADF in other parts of the region and indeed in other parts of the world. But it is very important that we and our other allies in the effort in Afghanistan continue to work together to build up the capacity of Afghanistan's own security forces so that they can keep that country secure from the threat of terrorism, both ISIL (Isis) and of course the Taliban.feedback

Rod Nordland

Afghanistan would become a Taliban state again in a fairly short time, or at the very least the Taliban would reconquer large parts of the country. ISIS would probably roll back Iraqi forces from Mosul and might even threaten Baghdad again, and ISIS would be expanding rather than shrinking in Syria, as it is now. The Damascus regime would be less affected, since the American military role is only oriented against ISIS, and the regime is much more threatened by other opposition rebels than ISIS.feedback

Rod Nordland

I think both in Iraq and Afghanistan it's been the single biggest recruiting tool, death through airstrikes especially, for the Taliban and for Al Qaeda and its allied groups in Iraq. Airstrikes have almost never succeeded, especially against irregular forces, or with very limited objectives. I can think of one case where they succeeded, against Milosevic in Serbia, but even that is debatable, the Russians withdrew support.feedback

Alexander Blackman

I said, Don't ever say that to me again... my marriage vows are my marriage vows and I'm with you all the way. Like I say the likelihood of me ever finding myself in that position again is so remote it's almost comical. So it's really, I can't really answer how I'd act because I don't think that's ever likely going to happen again. I really couldn't tell you. I have spent a lot of time thinking about it and I haven't got a definitive answer. I feel personally fairly certain that if he had a time machine and could go back and do things differently he absolutely would.feedback

Alexander Blackman

I made a split second-mistake. I had been sent to a brutal battlefield to fight for my country in an unpopular war. And yet at the end of my trial, the Establishment lined up to portray me as an evil scumbag because it suited them to do so at the time.feedback

Alexander Blackman

You feel like going outside for five minutes, you can, you feel like going outside for the whole day, you can. It's a really good feeling.feedback

Alexander Blackman

It's such a unique circumstance in a unique area of the world. Like I say the likelihood of me ever finding myself in that position again is so remote it's almost comical. So it's really, I can't really answer how I'd act because I don't think that's ever likely going to happen again. I really couldn't tell you. Like I say I have spent a lot of time thinking about it and I haven't got a definitive answer. It's hard to explain how really good it is, just the freedom to do whatever you want, whenever you want.feedback

Andrew Wilder

The review is an opportunity to send a message that, yes, the U.S. is going to to send more troops, but it's not to achieve a forever military victory, . Rather, it's to try to bring about a negotiated end to this conflict.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

Well, I'd certainly urge the President to look at how we can turn the tide in Afghanistan. I know we've been there a very, very long time and obviously the goal is to have a government that's stable in Kabul that can't be assaulted by the Taliban.feedback

Condoleezza Rice

What is the strategy now? It doesn't make sense to increase troop strength to keep doing the same thing. One of the first conversations needs to be with Vladimir Putin and to say, Do you really want to get back into Afghanistan after what happened to you before in Afghanistan?' There's no reason for the Russians to be arming the Taliban, and so that conversation needs to take place.feedback

Daniel Feldman

All of this leads back to prioritizing the launch of a viable peace process in Afghanistan and using any military decision to support that process.feedback

Sayed Jamal

It is up to the intelligence service to find out if any teachers are Taliban. So far, nobody has informed me that they are.feedback

Timor Sharan - The International Crisis Group

It has restructured itself as a shadow state. In that sense the Taliban needs to deliver a certain level of services in the areas they control.feedback

Safeer Ahmadie

[People] don't stand up to the Taliban, they don't open their mouth. And that gives the Taliban more space to influence.feedback

Andrew Wilder

If we don't achieve that, Plan B should be to prevent state collapse, which would also require additional military resources.feedback

Alexander Blackman

I know I made a terrible mistake. I don't know why I did it. I think about it a lot and have done ever since, but I still can't put an exact thought to why I did what I did at that moment in time. I wish I could.feedback

John McCain

If the present status quo prevails, then there's no end to it.feedback

Lily Allen

It just seems that at three different intervals in this young boy's life, the English in particular have put you in danger. We've bombed your country, put you in the hands of the Taliban and now put you in danger of risking your life to get into our country. I apologize on behalf of my country. I'm sorry for what we have put you through.feedback

Chris Terrill

I was joking with Claire that they'll have to work out who is going to control the television zapper. This is not the time to be talking about Hollywood blockbusters. It's a great time for the Blackmans, but it's a very serious time, too. He was someone's son, brother, possibly husband. He's guilty of an illegal killing. He says: 'If I could turn back time and undo what I did, I would.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

Hence, keeping the evolving situation in mind, this year's Mansouri Operations will differ from previous ones in nature and will be conducted with a twin-tracked political and military approach.feedback

Christine Wormuth

Before you can get to the question of how many troops is enough you have to have clarity on what is the goal. Is the goal to decisively defeat [the Taliban] and make Afghanistan into a viable state (or) is the goal to continue to prop up the government of Afghanistan?feedback

Claire Blackman

We have had so many setbacks over the years that I almost cannot believe it is really going to happen this time. I can't wait to see him and spend some quality time together. This is the moment we have all been fighting hard for. It is hard to believe that this day is finally here.feedback

Andrew Wilder

How the Trump administration can move from a policy of avoiding failure to one of achieving success.feedback

Javid Ahmad

The Taliban's use of such attacks reveal that it understands Afghan military and intelligence gaps far better than its opponents do.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

For example, any weapons being funneled here from a foreign country would be a violation of international law. We are under no illusions about the challenges associated with this mission.feedback

Michael Kugelman

Let's face it, no matter how many troops you may send to Afghanistan, it's going to be very difficult to end the war. We had 100,000 troops fighting in Afghanistan during the height of the surge and we didn't end the war.feedback

John Nicholson

We continue to get reports of this assistance. We support anyone who wants to help us advance the reconciliation process, but anyone who arms belligerents who perpetuate attacks like the one we saw two days ago in Mazar-e Sharif is not the best way forward to a peaceful reconciliation.feedback

H.R. McMaster

Our enemy sensed that and they have redoubled their efforts, and it's time for us, alongside our Afghan partners, to respond.feedback

Zabihullah Mujahid

Our fighters have inflicted heavy casualties on the Afghan army stationed there.feedback

John Nicholson

The attack on the 209th Corps today shows the barbaric nature of the Taliban. The Afghan National Defense and Security forces and the people of Afghanistan have my personal assurance that we will continue to stand with them. We support our valuable friends and partners in the fight against terrorism.feedback

Ahmad Saboor

The first vehicle had a light machine gun mounted on it and started firing at dozens of soldiers and officers coming out of the mosque. The second vehicle went towards the dining hall and started shooting.feedback

Shazia Ramzan

The Taliban stopped us, two boys – or men. One was in the front and the other one came to the back. He said: 'Who is Malala?' We had our faces covered [with niqabs], but Malala didn't. Malala died. I was lost. I could not sleep because whenever I closed my eyes I thought that guy was going to come and shoot me again. They try their best. Before, my mind was closed. I thought about education just related to my family. But now I think about all girls. I want to stand up for them.feedback

Erin Cunningham

More than 8,000 U.S. troops are helping Afghan forces battle the Taliban. The commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, Gen. John W. Nicholson Jr., has said that he will need thousands of additional troops to better support the international coalition's mission. While here, McMaster … met with Nicholson, senior Afghan officials and other NATO commanders overseeing the mission to advise Afghan security forces.feedback

Dawood Moradian

Many people in Afghanistan are wondering about the nature of relations between the United States and Pakistan, particularly the fact that everyone recognizes the principal role of Pakistan in supporting Taliban and other terrorist groups.feedback

Hamid Mir

His surrender is very significant as it gives an impression that Ahrar is suffering from internal differences and division. It will have a demoralizing effect on other militants.feedback

Akhtar Mohammed

Before the ban, one motorcycle was enough for a small family, but now each family has to buy two or three bikes.feedback

Bismillah Khan

It has become part of life here. Without a motorcycle, you are like a prisoner.feedback

Bismillah Khan

It's a bit difficult for us now to take a second person – the police stop you and give you a hard time.feedback

Mohammad Nateqi

First, people are concerned now about how Americans view Afghanistan, and whether or not they will change their minds about supporting us. The relationship between Afghanistan, the United States, and NATO has been very strong. But if there are bad relations between Iran, the United States, and Russia, it will be very dangerous for us.feedback

Gul Ahmad Azami

We are worried that Afghanistan will become another Syria, with world powers confronting each other here.feedback

Mohammad Akram Arefi

Iran is worried that with American troops in Afghanistan, the two militaries will end up confronting each other. Iran also wants to revive its power in the region, by having influence over Afghanistan. And with America here, they can't have the type of influence they want.feedback

Malala Yousafzai

I realized that extremists tried all their best to stop me; they tried to kill me and they didn't succeed. And it is a clear evidence that no one can stop me. This means that now this a new life, a second life, and it is for the purpose of education.feedback

John Sopko

We hear story after story of commanders who steal the fuel, sell it to the Taliban, who take the weapons we – you – pay for and sell it to the Taliban. The irony of it is, the terrorists are at the end of our supply chain.feedback

Mohammad Humayon Qayoumi

Afghanistan has always been interested in the U.S. investing in many areas, specifically the mining area. Within mining, there are some areas that are strategic materials such as lithium. There was a quite good matter of interest from President Trump's administration.feedback

Omara Khan Masoudi

I'm very happy to see the president pay attention to the reconstruction of this palace. It's really important. The media now is celebrating this as the land of terrorism, Al Qaeda and Taliban. This is something different.feedback

Hassan Abu Haniyeh

The Taliban, Ansar al-Sharia, ISIS and other movements don't need to prove if they have a good way of ruling.feedback

Mohammed Sadiq

Last night, Afghan forces, along with foreign forces, raided the clinic around 11:30 p.m., and arrested some 40 to 50 villagers, and took them to the desert, and only left women and children in the houses. They put explosives over the clinic and detonated it, and the mud house next to the clinic collapsed. The only person who survived is the son who had gone to Herat province for work.feedback

Bill Salvin

We have seen the reports of civilian casualties in southern Helmand last night. We take all allegations of civilian casualties seriously, and we will convene an inquiry into this allegation.feedback

Omar Zwak

They set up explosives to detonate the cache, and it damaged the house where the civilians were staying.feedback

James Mattis - US Marine Corps

We have seen Russian activity vis a vis the Taliban. I am not going to say at this point if that is manifested in the weapons and that sort of thing. But certainly what they are up to there, in the light of their other activities, gives us concern.feedback

Nawaz Sharif

It is our responsibility to continue the war against terrorists. The network of terrorists has already been broken and it is our national duty to continue this war until the complete annihilation of the scourge of terrorism from our soil.feedback

Zabihulhah Mujahid

We have no problem with the United Arab Emirates. And there is no reason that someone who is helping, particularly an Islamic country, should come under attack.feedback

Abdul Raziq

We might have been the target, but Quetta was told the Emiratis were going to be present. There is no doubt that Pakistan and the Taliban have good relations with the Emiratis. But we have proof that it was done – planned by Pakistan and handled by the Taliban.feedback

Mohammed Yousuf Yousufi

The chandelier dropped from the ceiling, and the room immediately caught fire – it was dark, and there was smoke, and fire.feedback