Last quote about Taliban

When you are facing on a daily basis people trying to kill you, you inject humour as a coping mechanism as otherwise I would say things would be very dark.
NEW Mar 28 2017 Alexander Blackman
You can find on this page a variety of quotes, by one or many people, on what they said about Taliban. 224 people are quoted and you can read 394 citations of them about Taliban. John Kerry, Asif Ali Zardari, Hamid Rahimi and John Nicholson, are those who have spoken the most about this topic. John Kerry said: “The Taliban and their allies cannot wait us out ... We will not abandon our Afghan friends.”.
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All quotes about Taliban

Kareem Amin

For 30 years, people only heard the opposition propaganda about us. We are not intransigent warlords. We want to unify and rebuild Afghanistan.

Timor Sharan - The International Crisis Group

Hezb is very fragmented, and it's all about personal interests. We don't know whether these former commanders will unite around Hekmatyar or work against him. This is his last attempt to reach power, this time through elections.

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.

Curtis Scaparrotti

I've seen the influence of Russia of late – increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban.

Bill Salvin

This move to a new district center had been planned for some time. The only thing they left to the Taliban is rubble and dirt.

Curtis Scaparrotti

I've seen the influence of Russia of late, increased influence in terms of association and perhaps even supply to the Taliban.

Matthew Harrelson

It was easy to connect Goodyear and innovation. And then 'Spirit' just seemed to make the name flow better.

Eddie Ogden

Because a Goodyear Semirigid Dirigible doesn't roll off the tongue. There were a couple tears because they've been working with blimps for so long.

Mirdad Nejrabi

No one is above the law. Being a member of Parliament does not mean one has immunity to do whatever he or she can to disrupt law and order.

Jeanne Shaheen

This is a matter of life and death for interpreters and other support staff. As we speak, many of them are being hunted down by the Taliban and other terrorists. We have a moral obligation to protect the thousands of Afghans who put themselves, and their families, at risk to help our soldiers and diplomats. To abandon them now would be a stain on our nation's honor. There's no excuse for Congress to not act in a bipartisan way to approve these additional visas as it has done in the past.

Jeanne Shaheen

It's imperative that Congress act quickly to approve more visas. This is a matter of life and death for interpreters and other support staff. As we speak, many of them are being hunted down by the Taliban and other terrorists.

Khalida Popal

If the haters couldn't stop me, Trump can't. Sometimes I still have nightmares, . Those men are standing and looking at me and laughing or there is the fear that they will rape me. If those people inside my country, those haters, couldn't stop me, Donald Trump or [even] a hundred Trumps will never stop me.

Khalida Popal

Even when I was sick in the asylum centre I saw women who had worse situations than me and I wanted to save them. I was taking them out for walks and I had a football and told them: 'Just kick the ball.' They would be running after the ball, kicking it with bare legs and sandals.

Khalida Popal

I was not the woman I used to be. I said to myself so many times, I didn't risk my life to end up in an asylum centre in Denmark; it was not the goal. I felt like a bird in a cage. I was very depressed. I stopped talking to anyone, I had those dreams where someone is coming, I was dreaming that they sent me back. I missed my team – those girls I could hear their voices calling my name and laughing. It was really tough for me.

Khalida Popal

I think pay should be equal for male and female players. That is what I told the president. I looked into his eyes and said: 'Whenever you take a decision think about the father who has a son and a daughter when he is out shopping for his kids. He always wants to buy the same-value thing for both of them because he knows otherwise there will be a fight at home. Think like a father.' He was laughing and said: 'Yes, I will do that.

Khalida Popal

My problem was not the Taliban with the gun, it was also the Taliban with the tie, the suit and the boots, people with the mentality of the Taliban who were against women and their voice.

Massood Sanjer

People trust us. They see us as a source of help and pressure. I get 1,000 calls a day and I have a database of 10,000 phone numbers. We get answers, and we change people's lives. We need a Trump who will seal the border completely.

Massood Sanjer

There are so many shocking stories. You can be killed for love in Afghanistan. We are much better today than during the Taliban, but some things make me hopeless. In some ways we are still back where we were then.

Massood Sanjer

You can always be in the wrong place at the wrong time, but I don't feel scared to walk down the street. The country needs us.

Mohammad Nabi

It was a nightmare situation, because those who came had white uniforms on, I mean the uniform of a doctor. Nobody can imagine a doctor with a Kalashnikov who opens fire. It is very strange to see people in white uniforms kill people. They killed our patients in their beds and they killed our doctors.

Vanda Felbab-Brown - The Brookings Institution

We still haven't heard a peep from the Trump administration for what its plans or ambitions or intentions are for Afghanistan. This current levels he cannot break the stalemate. So far no word, no focus, no indication of any kind from the White House.

Theo Farrell

While disturbing, [Wednesday's attack] should not be mistaken for the rise in ISIS. All the evidence suggests that [ISIS has] been contained in Kandahar. And while there are ISIS cells in other parts of Afghanistan, the country is very hostile ground for them.

Ali Rizvi

You can't sanitize scripture. I think fundamentalists have a more honest approach. … They're more consistent. The reason that anti-Muslim bigotry exists is not because people like me are talking about what we're talking about. It's because there are millions of people watching their TV screens and they're seeing a guy drive a truck into a crowd in Nice, screaming 'Allahu Akbar,' or they see the Taliban go into a school in Peshawar and kill 132 kids, screaming 'Allahu Akbar' and quoting from the Quran, and they look at this and they just put the dots together.

Sayed Zaffer Shah

Hundreds of Pashtuns are being arrested and harassed in the name of terrorism. We never said all Punjabis are terrorists, though Punjabi Taliban were involved in bombings. This discrimination will only spread hatred.

Najib Danish

Right now, police forces have started a clearing up operation inside the police compound.

Abdul Nasir Ziaee

Two terrorists entered a building. One blew himself up and the second was shot by Afghan security forces.

Mohammad Shah Baz

I escaped towards the canteen and climbed the wall to save my life. But there were many people dead and injured.

Imtiaz Gul

This is a virtual declaration of war against the state of Pakistan. But this has led to a degree of complacency within our civil-military leadership that perhaps they have completely destroyed these elements, or broken their back.

Mohammad Ashfaq

As soon as I entered the shrine, I heard a dreadful sound. The first thought that came to my mind was that this could not be a bomb blast but then the next thought that came to my mind was that we were dead. It was like doomsday.

Nawaz Sharif

Each drop of [the] nation's blood shall be revenged, and revenged immediately. No more restraint for anyone.

Ali Hussain

I wish I could have been here and died in the blast last night. No one bothered to secure this place.

Nawaz Sharif

"The past few days have been hard, and my heart is with the victims,". "But we can't let these events divide us, or scare us. We must stand united in this struggle for the Pakistani identity, and universal humanity".

Aziz Hakimi

These groups are all very similar, but are entirely separate forces. The Taliban is a local force limited to within Afghanistan while ISIL thinks bigger, of a Great Muslim Caliphate, and its Afghan branch is an integral part of this new global Islamic adventure.

Sameer Ahmad

We just couldn't understand what happened,' Tufail Nabi told local Geo News TV. It was as if some big building collapsed.

John Nicholson

We have a shortfall of a few thousand. Yes, sir. Our complex relationship with Pakistan is best assessed through a holistic review.

John Nicholson

"We have a shortfall of a few thousand,". "Our complex relationship with Pakistan is best assessed through a holistic review,".

John Nicholson

I have adequate resources in my counterterrorism mission. In my train, advise and assist mission, however, we have a shortfall of a few thousand. This is in the NATO train, advise and assist mission, so it can come from America or its allies.

Dejan Panic

It makes us fear for the future of our operations, because all of the serious aid organisations operate without armed guards, and we can be easy targets in this changing environment.

Khalid Fahim

There is no doubt that our operations are increasingly affected by increased insecurity. The practices on the ground often conflict with what leaders say at the high levels. What facilitates access is acceptance and impartiality. We are there for the people of Afghanistan. If people want us, then they facilitate the access.

Christine Monaghan

In areas where ISIS has tried to expand its influence, residents are often caught between the Taliban, government forces, and ISIS in a back-and-forth.

John Nicholson

These contributions could come from our allies as well as the United States. We have identified the requirement and the desire to advise below the core level so these additional forces would enable us to thicken our advisory effort across the Afghan ministries and do more advising below the core level.

Stephane Dujarric - United Nations

Those behind today's bombing and other such despicable acts must face justice.

Haidary Mohammad

I've been through a lot of firefights and ambushes and stuff like that in Afghanistan. The Taliban look for the guys who work with Americans, and I was one of the guys. There's two friends of mine still working in the north of Afghanistan with the Special Forces. Their paperwork is nearly done, one already got his visa, and they're still hoping to come.

Matt Zeller

Not only is this executive order a death sentence for Iraqis and Afghans who have served faithfully alongside U.S. troops, but it feels like a death sentence for our service members who are in the Middle East. I'm only alive because my Afghan Muslim translator saved my life by killing two Taliban fighters who were about to kill me in battle.

John Nicholson

On this occasion the Taliban chose to hide amongst civilians and then attacked Afghan and U.S. forces. I wish to assure President [Ahsraf] Ghani and the people of Afghanistan that we will take all possible measures to protect Afghan civilians.

Toryalia Kakar

More than 50 people, including women and children, were killed in the Afghan and U.S. forces' attack in Buz-e Kandahari.

John Nicholson

Regardless of the circumstances, I deeply regret the loss of innocent lives. On this occasion the Taliban chose to hide amongst civilians and then attacked Afghan and U.S. forces. I wish to assure President (Ashraf) Ghani and the people of Afghanistan that we will take all possible measures to protect Afghan civilians. We will continue to assist the Afghan security forces in their efforts to defend their country.

Timothy Weeks

They are being held there illegally and the Taliban has asked for them to be released in our exchange. If they are not exchanged for us then we will be killed.

Timothy Weeks

Donald Trump sir, please, I ask you, please, this is in your hands, I ask you please to negotiate with the Taliban. If you do not negotiate with them, we will be killed.

Roger Turner

We're viewing this as a high-risk mission...We're not in any way viewing this as a noncombat mission, or something to take lightly.

Maria V. Zakharova

(The three countries) expressed particular concern about the rising activity in the country of extremist groups including the Afghan branch of ISIS.

Ahmad Shekib Mostaghni

Discussion about the situation in Afghanistan, even if well-intentioned, in the absence of Afghans cannot help the real situation and also raises serious questions about the purpose of such meetings.

Jack Reed

The ability to negotiate, the ability to assure they will go ahead and deliver on their part of the bargain, if there is a bargain, is a practical constraint. But we all should be concerned. It's despicable what they've suffered. It is heart-rendering. And it also indicates how despicable the Taliban and the Haqqani network ... are.

John Kirby

It's obviously reprehensible to hold them in the first place, let's put that aside, they need to be released period. But to include children in the video is specifically despicable. We want to see them all safely returned and I can assure you that this administration will continue to work very, very hard to see that outcome.

Caitlan Coleman

We understand both sides hate us, and are content to leave us and our two surviving children in these problems. But 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.

Michael O'Shaughnessy

We are deeply concerned for the safety and well-being of Joshua Boyle, Caitlan Coleman and their young children and call for their unconditional release.

Javid Faisal

The Taliban never protects projects, and it isn't their job. There is no stake for a terrorist group in the [national] projects.

Robert Crews

Taliban spokesmen have been presenting the movement as a competent, development-oriented government-in-waiting, one that can advance the welfare of the Afghan people more efficiently than the current Afghan government.

Ash Carter

The United States presence and continued support to Afghan forces and strategic partnership with the government of Afghanistan demonstrates to the world that America is and will remain committed to a sovereign and secure Afghanistan.

Peter Cook

In his meetings with senior Afghan officials, the secretary will discuss the growing capabilities and resilience demonstrated by Afghan security forces in recent months. He will also discuss ongoing efforts to continue building Afghan combat capacity including aviation.

Abdul Rahman Mangal

He wanted to spend his holiday at home but was captured on Thursday by local Taliban and they hanged him in public. As soon as we got information, we tried to help him but the Taliban hanged him immediately.

Zabihulhah Mujahid

Once we finish our investigation and fact-finding, we will share the details.

Stephen Vladeck

More than any other criminal prosecution that we have seen since 9/11, this case really gets at some of the awkward legal problems that arise from applying ordinary criminal law on a battlefield.

Jens David Ohlin

I would be very surprised if he could get any traction on this legal argument at all.

Jordan Paust

You know what this guy was accused of? Things that soldiers do in war.

Wahid Sediqqi

After this attack, American forces have agreed to share that information about their Afghan workers with us.

Wahid Sediqqi

He was a former Taliban ... working inside the base for a long time, gained their trust, and based on that trust he carried out this attack.

Ash Carter

For those who carried out this attack, my message is simple: We will not be deterred in our mission to protect our homeland and help Afghanistan secure its own future.

Maheullah Noori

Gold, emeralds, rubies, and amethyst are all illegally mined by local militiamen and the Taliban who profit by hundreds of millions of afghanis monthly.

Gul Mohammad Bedar

These mines are created by our Allah for us to dig and feed our families and it is not the property of the government or others.

Gul Mohammad Bedar

The Taliban provide protection for the villagers to mine and the people are happy to do it despite the fact that there's a presidential decree banning any uncontrolled mining.

Ash Carter

Some of our Afghan partners also died. Our service members were doing their part to help the Afghans secure their own country while protecting our homeland from those who would do us harm. On this difficult day, please keep their families, friends and teammates in your thoughts and prayers. We will honor their sacrifice by finishing our important mission in Afghanistan.

John Nicholson

On behalf of all of U.S. Forces - Afghanistan, today's loss is heartbreaking and we offer our deepest condolences to the families and friends of our service members who lost their lives today. Our wounded soldiers are receiving the best medical care possible and we are keeping them and their families in our thoughts today, as well.

Ash Carter

Our service members were doing their part to help the Afghans secure their own country while protecting our homeland from those who would do us harm.

Sayed Zia Hussaini

We selected the engineers by only considering their expertise and experience. It was a transparent process and women engineers went through the same selection process as their male counterparts.

Zahra Jafari

Our participation in this important project breaks the taboo that considers women to be too weak to work on construction projects. It's a huge responsibility on each and every one of us. We strive for excellence and work hard to achieve success beyond expectation. And we want to prove that women are capable of implementing national projects.

Shahshad Khan

FIA along with security forces came, entered her house, searched all belongings and took important papers including $2,800.

Abdul Hai Khateby

The locals were so angry and they were throwing stones toward the governor's building.

Abdul Hai Khateby

The group is former Taliban who just a year ago announced their support to their Islamic State group and changed their white flag to black.

Charles Cleveland

The increase in strikes is due to the additional authorities U.S. forces received and due to the Afghan change in strategy to offensive operations. The new authorities have allowed the U.S. to be more proactive and deliberate in supporting this year's Afghan offensive operations and in aggressively targeting (Islamic State).

Kiley Dougherty

Coalition air power degrades the enemies capability, denies their sanctuary and eliminates their ability to take or hold territory.

Ali Youssafzai

I am staying here in France because I will seek asylum and I didn't go to the UK. Because I have many issues to leave my country. It's about the Taliban, I have a problem, so I leave my country. It's difficult for me but I will survive.

Yury Fedotov - United Nations

The new report shows a worrying reversal in efforts to combat the persistent problem of illicit drugs and their impact on development, health and security.

Zabihulhah Mujahid

The delegation was sent to discuss some major issues with Pakistani leadership including the arrests of Afghan refugees and their repatriation to Afghanistan.

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

Increased fighting in densely populated areas makes it imperative for parties to take immediate steps to ensure all feasible precautions are being taken to spare civilians from harm.

Charles Cleveland

Helmand continues to be the Taliban's main effort. So they commit a lot of effort and a lot of capability into Helmand.

Sarfaraz Bugti

It is not possible for us to predict who among the refugees will become the president of Afghanistan or the leader of the Taliban.

Hafiz Abdul Majeed

Once he became Emir, he left with his whole family. You can't teach religion and run [the Taliban's] government at the same time. And it would of course have been dangerous for us and the students and the mosque if he remained here.

Hafiz Abdul Majeed

We are sad that he is gone because he was a great teacher and a great asset for this mosque.

Abdul Sattar Shah Chishti

Akhundzada lived for many years in Kuchlak. I met him many times. He used to come to Quetta often.

Dawlat Waziri

An Afghan army helicopter crashed in northern Baghlan province due to some technical problem.

John Kerry

This a model for what might be possible ... I think the message from every person here would be to the Taliban: take note.

John Kerry

There are several countries that actually can help come together, and I urge Russia, China, Pakistan, India and Iran to think about the special role that they could play in this region in order to make a major difference ... in reaching peace with the Taliban.

John Kerry

There is a path forward towards an honourable end to the conflict that the Taliban have waged – it is a conflict that cannot and will not be won on the battlefield. A political settlement negotiated with the Afghan government is the only way to end the fighting, ensure lasting stability, and achieve a full drawdown ultimately of international military forces, which is their goal.

John Kerry

Their goal of ridding Afghanistan of external forces will not occur by ... the continued insurgency, it will come though peace.

John Kerry

The Taliban and their allies cannot wait us out ... We will not abandon our Afghan friends.

John Kerry

In return for keeping these commitments, Hekmatyar's group will be able to emerge from the shadows to rejoin Afghan society.

Dawlat Waziri

I totally reject claims that the Taliban have taken over Kunduz city.

Mohammad Yusouf Ayubi

Intense fighting is going on right now at the governor's compound and the NDS (intelligence agency) office.

Zabihulhah Mujahid

A massive operation started on Kunduz capital from four directions early this morning.

Charles Cleveland

At this point, we are not observing evidence via our internal means to support the reports that Kunduz is under significant attack.

Ashraf Ghani

Now is the time for the Taliban and other groups to decide whether they want to continue the war, or participate in peace talks.

Khalil Zadran

When any woman or girl commits an act that is considered a crime, the governor or police commander calls me and says 'we don't have any prisons for women here, so if possible, keep her at your place'. Then I provide a safe location for the women and keep them until their time is served.

Bibi Hawa

The situation is settled in a way in which it is, once again, women who are losing. The main challenge for women in Paktika is not having a prison and a safe house upon their release.

Timor Sharan - The International Crisis Group

(Hekmatyar's) arrival is likely to intensify tensions within an already fragile state by opening up historical grievances among different factions and strongmen. The key question is whether some of these rival leaders are ready to give up a piece of a pie to their arch enemy.

Naveed Akbar

The suicide bomber was in a crowded mosque, he shouted 'Allahu akbar' (God is greatest) and then there was a huge blast. A portion of the mosque and verandah collapsed in the blast and fell on worshippers. We are still retrieving bodies and the injured from the rubble of the mosque.

Ashraf Ghani

There is hope that, God willing, the agreement will be finalised soon and we will witness a major step towards the creation of peace environment and end of fighting.

Mohammed Nayab

This morning was very bad, but the security situation is better now. This morning the circle of fighting was a kilometer or so from the main bazaar. The government and (officials) were all escaping to the airport and trying to get out to Kandahar.

John Kirby

I would tell you that the video is still being examined for its validity. We remain concerned, obviously, about the welfare of Caitlan and her family, and we continue to urge for their immediate release on humanitarian grounds.

Bruce Riedel - The Brookings Institution

Congress is no longer willing to fund a state that supports the Afghan Taliban, which is killing American soldiers.

Karim Atal

If we don't receive support from the central government, the province will collapse soon.

Abdul Majeed Akhonzada

That's why they attack at night, and that's why they can see our men but our men can't see them. This new group is so effective that only four Taliban captured a police compound where more than 20 soldiers were living.

Asim Bajwa

They are being looked after, being provided tea, food, everything. We are in touch with the Pakistani officials. We conveyed to them that they are in safe hands.

Asim Bajwa

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani assured all possible assistance in this regard.

Nawaz Sharif

Formal and informal channels are being used to ensure safe recovery of the entire crew.

Jawad Rezayee

We have lost many of our family and friends here, We have come here to bury our martyred and name the hill the martyred hill.

Tadamichi Yamamoto - United Nations

Every civilian casualty represents a failure of commitment and should be a call to action for parties to the conflict to take meaningful, concrete steps to reduce civilians' suffering and increase protection.

Barack Obama

As President and Commander in Chief, I've made it clear that I will not allow Afghanistan to be used as a safe haven for terrorists to attack our nation again. The narrow missions assigned to our forces will not change. They remain focused on supporting Afghan forces and going after terrorists.

John Sopko

The bottom line is too much has been wasted in Afghanistan. Too much money was spent in too small a country with too little oversight. And if the security situation continues to deteriorate, even areas where money was spent wisely and gains were made, could be jeopardized.

Nesar Ahmad Abdul Rahimzai

The initial reports found five civilians were killed and 19 others wounded in Sunday morning's attack on Logar provincial Appeal Court office building.

Bruce Riedel - The Brookings Institution

Prospects for the Afghan peace process remain poor. The Taliban leadership, including the new commander, Mullah Akhundzada, believe military victory is only a matter of time.

Thomas Ruttig

It was much quicker than most people expected, including myself. It shows that the Taliban are keen not to have a new conflict.

Bruce Riedel - The Brookings Institution

Prospects for the Afghan peace process remain poor. The Taliban leadership including the new commander Mullah Akhundzada believe military victory is only a matter of time.

Sayed Zafar Hashemi

Latest developments offer Taliban groups opportunity to end violence and resume peaceful life; else they will face the fate of their leadership.

Nicholas Haysom

Attacks against judicial authorities are cowardly and contrary to international humanitarian law. the mission urges "authorities to do everything in their power to ensure adequate protection of judicial officials.

Chaudhry Nisar Khan

You could not see a spot of paint ... that's how bad it was hit. How was a passport lying just a few yards away? So first we have to establish that, whether he was actually using it.

Bill Roggio

These guys don't retire. Their retirement is death. They say in their propaganda their goal is to die fighting, and they do. And then they're replaced.

Mullah Akhtar Mansour

Fighting may well pick up in some parts of the country after the killing of the Taliban leader, with suicide and bomb attacks (used) as a means of downplaying the importance of losing their leader.

John Kerry

We have had longstanding conversations with Pakistan and Afghanistan about this objective with respect to Mullah Mansour, and both countries' leaders were notified of the air strike. Mullah Mansour, as I said a moment ago, has been actively involved in planning attacks in Kabul, across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and to the coalition forces that are there.

John Kerry

Peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort. He also was directly opposed to peace negotiations and to the reconciliation process. It is time for Afghans to stop fighting and to start building a real future together.

Thomas Ruttig

Haqqani ... as a non-Kandahari and as someone who is unfamiliar with the insurgency landscape beyond Loya Paktia, would likely struggle to gain the support of the powerful southern Taliban commanders who still dominate.

John Kerry

This action sends a clear message to the world that we will continue to stand with our Afghan partners as they look to build a more stable, united, secure and prosperous Afghanistan. The United States has long maintained that an Afghan-led, Afghan-owned reconciliation process is the shortest way to achieve peace and peace is what we want. Mansour was a threat to that effort and to bringing an end to the violence.

Ashraf Ghani

With the killing of Mullah Mansoor, those groups of the Taliban get a chance to stop the bloodshed and fighting, come to their own country from foreigner's soil and join the peace process.

Ahmed Chaudhry

We believe that there should be effective action by Afghan national security forces to ensure that there are no military gains by the Taliban. [The Taliban] need to realise that they would have more to gain on the table than they can do on the battlefield. Pakistan was doing all it could to bring the insurgents to the negotiating table.

Richard Ojeda

I've dealt with the Taliban and al Qaeda. I'm not scared of some ignorant, uneducated, a-------.

Michael Kugelman

There's no one sole source of the Haqqani network's strength, though three places you can point to are its personnel, its links to Pakistan, and its ties to the Gulf region.

Michael Kugelman

I can't imagine the Afghans would be able to take on the Haqqanis themselves. I'm not sure they'd be able to take them on even with assistance from foreign combat forces.

Islam Karimov

Russia has and always had its vital interests in this region. We believe that attempts to resolve this (Afghan) issue without Russia are unreasoned and precipitous.

Islam Karimov

There is a serious and a real threat of instability spilling over into neighbouring countries and regions.

Dawa Khan Menapal

We have made our decision and the decision was announced by the president today. Now it is Pakistan's turn to fulfill their promise according the decision of the four nations meetings.

Ashraf Ghani

But we want Pakistan to fulfil its promises ... and take military action against their sanctuaries and leadership based on its soil. If they can't target them, they should hand them over to our judiciary. If we do not see a change, despite our sincere efforts for regional cooperation, we will be forced to turn to the UN Security Council and start serious diplomatic efforts.

Zabihulhah Mujahid

The nation is not blind, people understand who the slave is and who works for the interest of others.

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

We've seen that there have been attempts with the Taliban to negotiate with them. Do you ever see a point where we could negotiate with the Islamic State (ISIL)?

Dawlat Waziri

It was a crowded area and it is hard to say now how many of them were from the defense ministry.

Ahmad Hakimi

The funds will help us to make national progress, particularly on poverty and women and … that is a solution to the problems that we are facing, that is conflict, violence, and, very importantly, migration.

Fereshteh Karimi

We ask the international community and the European community to continue with their financial and moral support to the people of Afghanistan so that we can have a country with calm, peace and stability.

Maria Sarsalari

The attack this week by the Taliban in Kunduz province showed that Afghanistan has a long road to achieving peace, it also reminded the international community once more that if government and civil bodies in Afghanistan are not supported enough, there may be the danger that the country may turn into another Iraq.

Nawaz Sharif

I am here to reiterate the national determination to fight terrorism to eliminate it from our society. The fight is not over. In the last three years, the government and security agencies have reduced terrorist activities. We will follow the path of success, despite recent attempts.

Rand Paul

The relationship between US and Pakistan has been a troubled one. Though the government of Pakistan is considered America's ally in the fight on terrorism, Pakistan's behaviour would suggest otherwise. While we give them billions of dollars in aid, we are simultaneously aware of their intelligence and military apparatus assisting the Afghan Taliban.

Zamir Kabulov

We are urging the Taliban to do this and we hope that they (talks) will start as soon as possible to prevent the beginning of a new 'combat season.

Mirza Khan Rahimi

The district is completely under the control of the government security forces, the enemy never took control of Sangin district.

Hillary Clinton

I was the boss of ambassadors in 270 countries. I was the boss of ambassadors in places like Afghanistan, where shortly before I visited one time, the embassy had been under brutal assault by the Taliban for hours. I am very well aware of the dangers that are faced by our diplomats and our development professionals. There was never a recommendation from Chris Stevens or anyone else to close Benghazi.

Joanne Liu

It's very important that somehow there is some clarity on what happened, and that as a community we reaffirm that we are upholding the Geneva Conventions. Otherwise, as a humanitarian aid actor, it won't be possible to continue to work.

John Campbell

To be clear, the decision to provide aerial fire was a US decision made within the US chain of command. A hospital was mistakenly struck. We would never intentionally target a protected medical facility.

James Orbinski

Silence has long been confused with neutrality… We are not sure that words can always save lives, but we know that silence can certainly kill.

John Campbell

We have now learned that on October 3, Afghan forces advised that they were taking fire from enemy positions and asked for air support from US forces. An air strike was then called to eliminate the Taliban threat, and several civilians were accidentally struck.

Josh Earnest

The scale of this tragedy is significant enough… So there are actually three different investigation ongoing. Each of these investigations will be aimed at trying to get as much accuracy as possible around the details of what transpired and the lead up to this tragedy.

Mohammad Ali Ahmadi

Six armed men in military uniforms entered the prison. First they broke the lock of the prison's main entrance, then they shouted to the prisoners 'We are the Taliban. We have come to free you from this jail.

Mohammed Ali Ahmadi

Roads to the prison were covered with land mines in advance to avoid reinforcement. An army vehicle coming for reinforcements was blown up by a roadside bomb while trying to reach the prison.

Zabihullah Mujahid

Forty Afghan security forces and prison guards were killed in the prison break and important military mujahideen officials have been freed.

Haroun Mir

For example, in eastern Nangahar, they were able to kick out Taliban from some of the districts. That is also a danger for the peace process, because I don't think that all Taliban would agree with the peace process. Some of the field commanders, they might refuse and they could become members of Daesh.

Eric Tremblay - NATO

It is planned, anticipated, that right before election day, that there will be a surge of activity by the insurgents.

Mohammad Amin Wahidi

The international community still has responsibilities in Afghanistan. Their responsibilities have not finished yet because there is still a war going on. We are asking not to be forgotten. We are still not standing on our own feet, even after the transition, and we need financial help.

Robina Jalali

Before, we were scared of people, the opposition and the Taliban, but fortunately today we have our people beside us to stand up and fight against any obstacles ahead of us.

Ghulam Murtaza

"No outside forces should be allowed to enter Pakistani territory. It is a violation of our sovereignty, and we should give no country permission to do that."

Wolfgang Schneiderhan

In light of the results of the investigation, I have no reason to doubt that German soldiers acted appropriately in military terms given the difficult situation….

Abdullah Abdullah

A lot of irregularities which have taken place should have been prevented and shouldn't have happened, so there are a lot of complaints about irregularities throughout the country. There are reports of rigging.

Hamid Karzai

We say the same thing; Maybe we won't need a second round and Abdulla won.

Hillary Clinton

We commit to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the Pakistani people in your fight for peace and security. We will give you the help that you need, in order to achieve your goal.

Robert Gates

We have always acknowledged that reconciliation has to be part of the solution ultimately in Afghanistan and we will do whatever we can to support that process.

Richard Holbrooke

Everybody in Pakistan should examine whether they are making as much of a contribution as they could in this moment of need. But I understand from the comments that have been made that the Pakistanis are in fact examining ways to improve their revenue base.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi

The Taliban issue was not discussed here. This was not on the agenda. What was on the agenda was the energy report. What was on the agenda is what we need to do in the water sector. What was on the agenda was how to build the capacity of the institutions.

Mali Khan

They are focusing on the east of Afghanistan but they are spreading their activities into Kabul.

Nicolas Sarkozy

The operation started ten years by Jospin and Chirac naturally has a fixed term. And this term isn't fixed by the Taliban. It's fixed by the conviction we all have, President Karzai included, that a country of 30-million inhabitants must be able to assure its own security and can not accept foreign military bases on its territory.

Hamid Karzai

In view of the contradiction between acts and the statements made by the United States of America in regard to the peace process, the Afghan government suspended the negotiations.

Jens Stoltenberg - NATO

They have a force of 350,000 soldiers and police. They are trained and they have received a lot of equipment… and we are still going to be there with the resolute support mission.

George W. Bush

Taliban and Al Qaeda fighters, and drug traffickers and criminal elements and local war lords remain active and committed to destroying democracy in Afghanistan. Defeating them will require the full commitment of our alliance. For NATO to succeed, its commanders on the ground must have the resources and flexibility they need to do their jobs.

Abdullah Abdullah

I think it is mainly the show of solidarity with mujahadeen in Afghanistan with those millions of people who fought during Jihad against the Soviet Union and also during resistance for liberation of Afghanistan against Taliban and Al Qaeda.

Matthew Kelley - Stryker

Over the past 2 years, there's been a significant amount of development. It's really evident in seeing how many people are out in the street. They're walking around, going to markets, talking with the Afghan border police. And you can see, we probably have 3 or 4 more police trucks driving around here and doing their patrols. And that presence really sends the message to the people that it's safe, we're here to help protect you.

Ghulam Hussain

We have our own national army and national police who can stand against any enemy like the Taliban, Pakistan and Iran.

Nadir Nadiri

We are requesting both parties in this conflict, be it the Taliban, the international forces of the Afghan National forces that they make the protection of the civilians their prime concern and their prime objective.

Hanif Atmar

The insurgents were using a compound, which at that point our forces didn't know whether it was occupied by the civilians.

Ahsanullah Ahsan

We, the Tehreeke Taliban Pakistan, claim responsibility for what happened. We believe the Pakistani police and army are not for protecting Muslims, but their mission is to finish off the Mujahideen.

Mohammad Yahya Johar

You must abstain from all these bad activities and not commit these activities in Pakistan.

Golab Mangal

Once the military operation is over, very soon we will start the development programmes, providing jobs for people, reconstruction. Bringing the rule of law and the eradication of poppies are all included in our programmes.

Piero Fassino

I hope there'll be a sense of responsibility. Nothing's changed about Italy's commitment in Afghanistan. I don't see why the centre-right should vote against it.

Michael O'Hanlon - The Brookings Institution

I think there is a danger that the Taliban could take over Afghanistan and it's one of the reasons why the United States, together with other outside parties to this effort, is trying very hard to send messages that we intend to keep helping after 2014.

Ziauddin Yousufzai

She also asked her mother: 'How are the two other girls, Shazia and Kainat?' She enquired about their health and she told me on the phone, please bring me my books of class nine and I will attend my examination in Swat, board examination.

David Cameron

I am delighted that that rescue attempt has been successful. All four hostages are now safely back at the British Embassy in Kabul. None of our soldiers was injured. A number of Taliban and hostage-takers have been killed.

Johnny Morris

All this was wired up to go pretty much at the same time, so if we came down this road instead of coming from the east it would have been real bad.

Haroon Mir

In any insurgency like the current insurgency in Afghanistan, as long as the Taliban leadership remain in safe havens, in sanctuaries inside Pakistan, they receive financial, logistical support and they could freely move around Pakistan. It is very difficult to defeat this insurgency just by killing rank and file and low level Taliban fighters.

Haroon Mir

The overall assessment shows that NATO has been unable to defeat the Taliban. Instead, they have regrouped and expanded their territory, intensifying attacks against NATO and the government.

Faisal Ali

There was a blast, then there was a lot of gunfire. Gunmen were spraying bullets at everyone.

Zuhra Alamyar

Every day there is more of this violence and these killings. We want the government to take serious action to stop it.

Sima Samar

We want the government to take serious steps in this case of the killing of women, to bring the culprits to trial.

John Thomas - International Security

Our initial indications were that there were about 30 insurgent fighters in the compound that we fired upon, if there were any civilians in the compound we regret the loss of life or injury, but we don't have a number of how many civilians there might be and we are trying to assess how civilians may have been killed, if they were, because at this point we have no indication how they may have died.

Waheed Arshad

The operation is still in progress. As you are aware, in the afternoon, I had mentioned that clearance of the southern portion of the madrassa was in progress and during that clearance, in one of the basements, Abdul Rashid Ghazi and some of his men got killed.

Abdullah Abdullah

We will not allow big fraud to decide the outcome of the elections, there is no doubt that the state crafted, very widespread engineered fraud has been under way.

Nawaz Sharif

I assured President Karzai that Pakistan will continue to extend all possible facilitation (regarding Taliban peace talks), to the international community's efforts for the realisation of this noble goal. Pakistan would also help reinforce the regional efforts in support of stabilisation of Afghanistan.

Greg Austin

In principle, Afghanisation is, of course, the only way to go. The people of Afghanistan have to be responsible, ultimately, for solving this war and bringing this country to peace. They rely on the support of the international community for that, but we have to be careful about the word 'Afghanisation' … it really covers a broad policy disposition.

Condoleezza Rice

If you allow a failed state in that strategic of a location, you're going to pay for it. And I know that there's a sacrifice. And I know that it's hard work. And I know that there are times when it seems that things are not going in a straight line.

Luc De Vos

If their essential stronghold is taken, they'll have to go elsewhere and reorganise themselves, and this will take time. I think this plays an important role, and obviously there is also the problem of the opium, which is also produced in this region.

Luc De Vos

There are some people in the Arab world who hand over money because they think it's the right thing to do, or because they're scared of certain reactions. They pay to continue to have a normal life. So, there's a form of racketeering going on.

Luc De Vos

At the end of the day it's a fight for the heart of the people, who have to choose between two systems. Neither one is perfect – that's the least we can say. But they have to choose the less bad one, and indirectly the less bad one for us, because we have to avoid Afghanistan becoming a sanctuary again.

Deeba Shabnam

Especially for girls we were having a lot of problems because in their view (parents'view) education is not very important for girls, because in their own areas early marriages are very common. Children are married from when they are 9, 10 or 12, and education has no importance for them.

Sania Gul

Parents were threatend by the Taliban. They didn't send their girls to school because otherwise it would have become a problem for them.

Deeba Shabnam

They are exposed to a new environment, where they have opportunities for schooling, they have health education also. As long as they live in this camp they should know about the importance of education and they should be aware that when they go back they should struggle for their children's education and send their children to school.

Monica Pinna

Between 2008 and 2010 over 4 million people fled the tribal areas in north west Pakistan because of internal conflicts and the war against terrorism. Some of the displaced people came to Jalozai camp, near Peshawar. Here, thousands of girls have started going to school for the first time.

Javeed Kohestani

The pullout of 10,000 to 15,000 American troops from the south will definitely impact security in Afghanistan, because these troops are stationed near borders with Pakistan. If they leave, the insurgents will easily cross the border and infiltrate Afghanistan.

David Miliband - International Rescue Committee

We now need to implement the agreement that was made in London yesterday. I think it is a very strong agreement about security, about governance, about economy and above all the political settlements Afghanistan needs.

Martha Raddatz - ABC News

Well I think they know that this is a battle that is much more difficult. That Afghan society is rampant with rumours. Not only is this an horrific event, but you are probably going to have exaggeration, you are probably going to have the Taliban taking advantage of this and telling other villagers that this is what Americans are doing and that they might do it again. They are going to put the fear in as many villagers as they possibly can.

Nadir Nadiri

These acts will undermine all the efforts to stabilise Afghanistan, it will also provide more tools for the insurgents to provoke people against the Afghan government and its international partners.

Shagul Rezai

This kind of incident will have a negative impact and will create distrust between the people and coalition forces, and of course it will have negative impact on the ongoing negotiation, with regards to strategic partnerships.

Ijaz-ul Haq

At this time, as far as we know, there are about 500 people hostage. The women have been separated from the children and locked up.

Gordon Brown

I've come here to show solidarity with the Afghan people and to remind us all that the reason why 41 countries are in Afghanistan in support of the democracy of Afghanistan, is that we will not allow the Taliban or terrorists to defy the democratic will of the Afghan people.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

The independent Human Rights Commission has also documented distressing instances of civilian casualties resulting from the operation of international forces.

Hamid Karzai

For those Afghans living in the Southern Province of Afghanistan who face murder and destruction at the hands of terrorists or even to those civilians who inadvertently fall victim to counter-terrorism operations, demand on justice is reduced to a bleak minimum.

Robert Gates

I think it is important that we not let this success here in Afghanistan slip away from us and that we keep the initiative. There's no reason to sit back and let the Taliban regroup and threaten the progress that's been made.

Sadaf Rahimi

My family has been threatened several times because we are three sisters in the boxing club, they asked my family why the three girls from one family are boxing. Boxing is a hard and difficult sport even for men that is why people are surprised and our family was threatened because of our choice.

George W. Bush

I am confident with actionable intelligence we will be able to bring top al Qaeda to justice, constant communications with the Pakistan government. It is in their interest that foreign fighters be brought to justice.

Syed Qaim Ali Shah

Our security forces confronted and killed them. They destroyed them. It is good that this operation was over in about four, five hours.

Shahidullah Shahid

The senior leadership of the Taliban advises all subgroups to respect the Taliban's call for a ceasefire and abide by it and completely refrain from all jihadi activities in this time period.

Imran Khan

The Taliban forced us to leave at gunpoint. They took us to the hills and left us there. We have come back voluntarily.

Gordon Brown

We have put the Taliban on the defensive by the combined efforts of everyone. At the same time our strategy for the future is development, defence and diplomacy, all three working together.

Stanley McChrystal

I think Americans and all our coalition partners need to understand that this will be difficult. I won't predict casualty numbers but I do believe that there will be a difficult struggle with the insurgency in the months ahead.

Stanley McChrystal

We changed some of our structures and I believe we are on the way to convincing the Afghan people that we are here to protect them.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

We have not agreed to start handing over the lead, the conditions are not yet right. The Afghan security forces are not yet strong enough and I must also stress that transition when it happens does not mean NATO forces leave.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

It costs about 50 times more to support a NATO soldier in Afghanistan than it costs to support an Afghan soldier.

Massimo D'Alema

We are not negotiating with the Taliban. There are humanitarian channels following this matter and I believe that, to achieve our aim, they must be allowed to act in the greatest discretion.

Victoria Nuland

You don't negotiate a peace deal at the end of a war with your friends. We've seen in many other conflict situations that you have to have a political address if you are going to begin a political conversation.

Chuck Hagel

The President has constitutional responsibilities and constitutional authorities to protect American citizens and members of our armed forces. That's what he did. America does not leave its soldiers behind. We made the right decision, and we did it for the right reasons – to bring home one of our own people.

Chuck Hagel

War is a dirty business. And we don't like to deal with those realities, but realities they are.

Chuck Hagel

It was disturbing. It showed deterioration in his physical appearance and mental state compared to previous videos.

David Wakefield

Our initial understanding of what happened yesterday appears to be an individual, a rogue who commited this. We are putting every effort, as you can imagine, into tracking this man down and those responsible for it.

Gordon Brown

The death of five brave soldiers in a single incident is a terrible and tragic loss. And I want to pay tribute, as the whole house will, to their professionalism, courage and service.

Ari Gaitanis - United Nations

It is unacceptable and they must come to an immediate halt. In terms of the UN's commitment to Afghanistan, this won't change. The UN here, of course, is committed. It has been for the past many decades now in Afghanistan and remains committed to helping Afghanistan on the path to peace and stability.

Abdullah Abdullah

I'm concerned about the violence which is underway today, about security incidents but on the whole I'm very positive.

Hamid Karzai

It's the second presidential and parliamentary elections in Afghanistan and I'm sure that, Inch Allah, this will be for peace, for progress and for the wellbeing of the Afghan people.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

We have seen Afghans defying threats of intimidation and violence to exercise their democratic rights and I would like to say that seen from a security point of view, the elections today have been a success, not least thanks to the efforts by the Afghan national security forces.

Matt Bazeley

They've all left the area, what was their drugs capital and what was their IED centre has been abandoned by the Taliban and we are just opening this route and now we can press on and clear the whole area.

Sayed Ansari

The Islamic Government of Afghanistan has confirmed the detentions of two foreigners by the intelligence service. We confirm it as well.

Chaudhry Nisar Khan

The government of Pakistan does not see this drone attack as an attack on an individual, but as an attack on the peace process (…) the entire perspective of Pak-U.S. relations and cooperation is going to be reviewed.

Romano Prodi

It is only now that I can send my sympathies to the family of Mastrogiacomo for all they have suffered in the past few days, as well as the director of La Republica who has followed this story step by step. It was an extremely complicated matter.

Bibi Gull

We have not brought any of our belongings. We just tried to get ourselves out of there. Three of my sons are still in the village and the other three have come with me.

Ryan Engle - US Marine Corps

There was limited resistance, no real resistance, much less than expected. We did find several IEDs and bombs and things like that.

Abdul Majeed

We're protesting here because American soldiers burned our holy Koran in Wardak province. We will continue this protest to make Americans embarrassed about their actions.

David Cameron

Yes we will be drawing down some of our troops this year and next year. And yes, we will be ending combat operations by the end of 2014. We won't have troops in anything like that number we have now, but we will have a long term relationship.

Assadullah Khalid

Thank God, with the support of NATO and Afghan troops we managed to drive out the enemy and clear all the villages in Arghandab district. The Taliban received hundreds of casualties, killed and wounded. Many heavy and light weapons have been left behind.

Habiba Sarabi

Nowadays girls education is getting improved. We have 38 percent from total students, 38 percent of them in the entire country are girls, but in my province we have 44 percent, which is a little bit above the country level of education.

Habiba Sarabi

To be honest, no. It was much more better – I cannot tell 10 years ago – but at least six years and seven years ago, it was much better than today. But I am sure with the commitment of the international community, we can get something. And the peace process is going on.

Habiba Sarabi

Everything is getting better, much better since 2001. But violence against women is still a problem. And it's due to the lack of education, the poverty is another cause or another reason for that, and the lack of awareness among women, these are the main problems for the violence against women.

Habiba Sarabi

No, never. Because I am a part of the government of Afghanistan. We have to bring change. If everyone distances themselves, who will work ? Maybe there is corruption on the government of Afghanistan, but we have to correct it, we have to not to allow to follow the mistake, but President Karzaï himself announced that he will not run for a third term, and he will give the chance (to someone else), and legally he is not allowed to run for the third term.

Habiba Sarabi

All of them, they do not the same position and they don't have the same ideas. There are people that want to bring some change, they want to make a good system, to help the people of Afghanistan.

Habiba Sarabi

The Taliban doesn't have a fixed address that there we can discuss with them, and with whom. For example Mullah Omar is not present, he's just making some noise or making announcements through the media. So because the address of Taliban is not clear, it's better to look for the cause of problem which is Pakistan.

Marvi Sirmed

How could you get power from a symbol that is so humiliating and demeaning to women's power? Projecting a symbol that is so closely associated with the submission of women and you are now just reimagining and reimaging the burka, the symbol of suppression, as a symbol of resistance.

Hamid Karzai

The cash payments are done by various friendly countries to help the presidential office and to help dispense assistance… in various ways to the employees around here, to people outside, and this is transparent.

Sayed Jamil

It was in an area where everything belonged to the Americans. It was their rubbish.

Hamid Karzai

Foreign militaries, especially the United States of America, are going ahead with these negotiations.

Eric Tremblay - NATO

We regret this tragic loss of life. We will try and strive to improve our tactics, techniques and procedures.

Heather Barr - Human Rights Watch

It shows the limited capacity of the government to provide rule of law in areas that are controlled by the Taliban. But what is even more frustrating is that in areas that are under government control we still don't see an approach to dealing with these cases, that really honours the elimination of violence against women.

Caroline Sagesser

The proposal originally came from the centre right Francophone party. But no other party, neither greens nor the left, dared to say we support the burqa.

Nawaz Sharif

We will continue this war as long as there is a single terrorist left on our soil.

Pierre Servent

The Taliban won't say 'we will let the French go quietly'. As long as they can strike and kill, they will.

Jessica Barry - Red Cross

When our team arrived in the villages yesterday afternoon they saw dozens of bodies in two areas where the fighting and bombing had taken place. In two villages they saw graves and they saw people being buried and they understand from the community first aid workers from the Afghan Red Crescent who were on the spot, they had treated dozens of casualties who had already been evacuated.

Robert Gates

I don't think anybody in the alliance is interested in eradicating crops or doing things that would involve individual farmers, but if we have the opportunity to go after drug lords and drug laboratories and try and interrupt this flow of cash to the Taliban, this seems to me like a legitimate security endeavour.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

In the coming days you will see a demonstration of that capability in a series of operations led by the Afghans and supported by Nato in central Helmand.

James Appathurai - NATO

There is a very high tempo of activity. NATO forces, particularly in the south, are not only working hard, but they are stretched. There is no denying that they are stretched and that more forces would allow all of the ISAF (International Security Assistance Force) mission to achieve its objectives more quickly and at lower risk.

Jaap de Hoop Scheffer

All I know is that the Polish decision is a very bold one. We are talking about the battalions here, as we said yesterday in the media, in other allies there is also still ongoing discussion, so I think in this respect that we're doing well.

Georgette Gagnon

It is important to note that incidents of violence against women still remain largely under-reported due to cultural constraints, social norms and taboos, customary practices in discrimination against women. Also, prevailing insecurity and weak rule of law have hampered women's access to formal justice institutions.

Ahmad Ajman

When I got out and started walking, the explosion happened. The same type of car that I was in was destroyed. The target was an American car. A lot people were killed and wounded and I saw them them being evacuated to hospital.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar

Members of the Hezb-i-Islami has stopped brother killing and will refrain from the destruction of the country.

Jani Bergdahl

I just want to say thank you to everyone who has supported Bowe. He's had a wonderful team. We will continue to stay strong for Bo while he recovers.

Hashmat Stanikzai

A suicide bomber detonated his car loaded with explosives in front of a guesthouse used by foreign and Afghan citizens and now a number of suicide bombers are apparently inside. A gunfight is under way. There are no reports of possible casualties.

Mohammad Zaki

I came here today to vote and chose the leader of Afghanistan. I believe that the future of Afghanistan is in the hands of the young generation, that is why I'm participating. There is no security concern.

Syed Athar Ali

Operations in Swat, Buner and adjoining areas have almost met complete success, only five to ten percent are remaining. Hopefully in the next two to three days, these pockets of resistance will be cleared and thereafter the reconstruction work will start in order to allow the IDPs (Internally Displaced People) to come back to their home areas.

Haroon Mir

After Ahmad Wali Karzai we all know that no-one else will be able to fill the vacuum and chaos might return back in Kandahar (sic) and this is a tremendous achievement for the Taliban.

Anwarullah Khan

There was a big bang which wounded some people. I don't know the exact number of wounded but it was really powerful.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

They have fought to ensure that international terrorism no longer finds a safe haven in Afghanistan and many have shed their blood for this cause.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

Time and time again, we have seen them dealing quickly and competently with complex attacks, defeating the enemies of Afghanistan, and defending and protecting the Afghan people.

Hamid Karzai

We hope that our brothers the Taliban also understand that the process will move to our country soon.

Chris Birks

The station is in mourning. It has been a terrible loss for us, a large number of personnel has been involved, but as ever, the professionalism is shining through and everybody is pulling together with 120 squad to support the families involved.

Anders Fogh Rasmussen - NATO

Trainers are the ticket to transition. President Karzai and I have signed an agreement on a long term partnership between NATO and Afghanistan that will endure beyond our combat mission. To put it simply if the Taliban or anyone else aims to wait us out they can forget it. We will stay as long as it takes to finish our job.

Haroon Mir

If there are any attacks on the day of the election, there is no motivation for the people to go out and take a risk to vote for candidates. Most of them, they don't know them and we have a large number of candidates.

Waheed Omar

While we commend Dr Abdullah for being very brave, for having run a very good campaign, for having been a very good contender in the elections, we believe it is very unfortunate he has withdrawn his name from the second round, but, all that said, we believe that the elections have to go on, the process has to complete itself, the people of Afghanistan have to be given the right to vote.

Josef Blotz - NATO

I think this is a very very tragic incident which is very deplorable because for four, five months we have not had such a tragic incident.

Mohammed Omar Daudzai

It is a major source of suffering for the people of Afghanistan that we are cultivator of the opium poppy. Terrorism and opium feed off each other. The profits enrich the Taliban. This provides wealth for terrorism. We believe that when peace comes to Afghanistan, this problem will also be solved – when nationwide and lasting peace prevails.

Malala Yousafzai

I, along with millions of others around the world, mourn these children, my brothers and sisters – but we will never be defeated.

Feda Mohammed

The US soldiers who urinated on dead bodies of Muslims have committed a crime. We don't want them on our soil anymore. We want all foreign soldiers to leave Afghanistan.

Abdullah Abdullah

We will never take part in a puppet government which is controlled by foreign forces. The Kabul government is made of thieves, corrupt people and criminals.

Barack Obama

The insurgency in Afghanistan did not just happen overnight and we won't defeat it overnight. This will not be quick, nor easy. But we must never forget, this is not a war of choice, this is a war of necessity. Those who attacked America on 9/11 are plotting to do so again. If left unchecked, the Taliban insurgency will mean an even larger safe haven from which al Qaeda would plot to kill more Americans.

John Kerry

We are delighted to be here to have a continuing trilateral discussion with respect to the security and other issues regarding the relationships in the region as well as the road forward heading towards 2014.

Hamid Rahimi

Yes, that's exactly right, that's what I'm thinking, when you walk across Afghanistan, Kabul, for example, you see the images of the heroes everywhere, people who I won't name, who become important thanks to their military career. I want to change that, I want sporting champions to take the place of the military or the soldier. When I was young my idol was Michael Jordan.

Hamid Rahimi

And I am firm in my desire to move forward, I lived through the war, for 9 years, and I know that you need help in times of war. If not then you're let down.

Hamid Rahimi

Do sport if you want to become a champion, do good things if you want peace, don't kill anyone, don't destroy anything if you believe in God, let him decide for the others not you, I am nobody to decide whether to kill someone because they are an infidel, I am not allowed to do that.

Hamid Rahimi

From Germany to the United States it is pictures of sports champions that hang on the walls, I want this to also be the case in Afghanistan. Whether or not Bin Laden is alive his ideas are still present, four to five months ago an 11-year-old detonated a bomb in Paktia, Bin Laden is dead, but his thoughts and beliefs remain alive. Young people must be told that suicide bombings are wrong, it is forbidden by the Qur'an.

Hamid Rahimi

If I withdraw now, peace will never return to the country. You know, the day of my fight, all Afghans, from the street-kids in Karzai to women who had never seen a boxing match, and also our old fathers and grandfathers, all of them prayed for me, their prayers protect me, so I am afraid of nothing, I only fear god.

Hamid Rahimi

Well, Ali is a Legend, he helped the African people, black people, a lot. He is my idol, my hero, but me, I'm Hamid and Ali is Ali. I try to do everything for my country, I think it's possible to establish peace but there has to be the desire, the will to do it, if not.. then even if there are thousands of military forces there, they will not be able to create peace.

Hamid Rahimi

The Taliban is not the only enemy of my country, there were many others who were opposed to my project, who wanted to make sure it doesn't lead to anything. These threats and obstacles are numerous in Afghanistan, but it's these same threats that stimulate me and encourage me and help me to keep going.

Hamid Rahimi

I know Kabul very well and the inhabitants of this city. The situation has deteriorated compared to the time of the Taliban, there were not as many poor children in the streets as we see today.

Hamid Rahimi

I've already felt war, I've lived through it, war is a hopeless misery, war does nothing for peace and tranquillity. War has taken the lives of many people in Afghanistan and I believe there are more victims of war in Afghanistan than anywhere else in the world.

Nicolas Sarkozy

It is serious between us, but we won't let the media fix the date. You'll probably only find out about it when it's already happened.

Barack Obama

American leadership can also be seen in the effort to secure the worst weapons of war. The Iranian government now faces tougher sanctions, tighter sanctions then ever before. And on the Korean peninsula, we stand with our allies South Korea and insist that North Korea keeps its commitment to abandon nuclear weapons.

Barack Obama

In Pakistan, al Qaeda's leadership is under more pressure than at any point since 2001. And we've sent a message from the Afghan border to the Arabian peninsula to all parts of the globe. We will not relent, we will not waver and we will defeat you.

Barack Obama

In Afghanistan our troops have taken Taliban strongholds and trained Afghan security forces. Our purpose is clear. By preventing the Taliban from re-establishing a stranglehold over the Afghan people, we will deny al Qaeda the safe haven that served as a launching pad for 9/11.

Barack Obama

America's commitment has been kept. The Iraq war is coming to an end. Of course as we speak al Qaeda and their affiliates continue to plan attacks against us. Thanks to our intelligence and law enforcement professionals we're disrupting plots and securing our cities and skies.

Barack Obama

And we saw that desire to be free in Tunisia where the will of the people proved more powerful than the writ of a dictator. And tonight let us be clear, the USA stands with the people of Tunisia and supports the democratic aspirations of all people.

Staffan de Mistura - United Nations

Thirty one percent means what? In real terms, in human being terms, 3,268 civilians during the past six months. Afghan civilians have been the casualties of this conflict.

David Cameron

I believe that the Taliban watching all this progress are beginning realise that they are not going to secure a role in Afghanistan's future through terror and violence but by giving up their arms and engaging in a political process. But let me make absolutely clear: this peace process is for Afghanistan to determine.

Ban Ki-moon - United Nations

Never before have we had a more concrete vision of Afghanistan's future. Certainly we have challenged ourselves by setting out specific measurable commitments.

Goodluck Jonathan

Your coming here to support us morally is a major blow to the terrorists and by God's grace we will conquer the terrorists.

Gordon Brown

What we have actually done is to make the land secure for about 100,000 people. What we have done is push back the Taliban and what we have done is start to break that chain of terror that links the mountains of Afghanistan and Pakistan to the streets of Britain.

P.J. Crowley

The people in Afghanistan and Pakistan will be do exactly what people in the United States and other countries are doing.

Abdullah Abdullah

Some of the ballot boxes have to be quarantined because in some areas we have already registered our complaints with the Complaints Commission.

Barack Obama

While I am concerned about the disclosure of sensitive information from the battlefield that could potentially jeopardise individuals or operations, the fact is these documents don't reveal any issues that haven't already informed our public debate on Afghanistan.

Chaudhry Nisar Khan

We are receiving intelligence from across the country that the militants are getting ready for another savage and inhuman counter attack. All of us need to be on the alert.

Gordon Brown

Over the last few days, our British forces have been working with the Afghans, and the Americans have made huge advances clearing the area of the Taliban, making sure that people feel safer, so we have a strategy where we can strengthen the local Afghan people to be able to do the jobs we're doing and over time our British troop numbers can come down as a result.

Gordon Brown

I want to pass on my condolences to the famiy and friends of one of our soldiers – very brave, very courageous – lost in this assault, making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. This has been an effort that has involved hundreds of our troops, taking very brave and courageous action.

Abdullah Abdullah

The Taliban are not ready to enter talks. They think that they have the upper hand militarily. And also, it is against their ideology, against their core existence to enter talks or to envisage to be part of a democratic system.

George W. Bush

The Taliban was brutalising the people of Afghanistan. And they are not in power. And I just cited the progress that is undeniable. Now is there more work to be done? You bet! I never said the Taliban was eliminated. I said they were removed from power.

Francois Hollande

This operation will begin in July, it will be put into place and completed by the end of 2012. Until then, everything should be done to make sure that our troops fulfil their obligations, but with the highest level of security and the utmost vigilance for the lives of our soldiers.

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

Why didn't you take part in those talks? You had the opportunity to do so. This was also a question we received from Adil Ishaque Abbasi on Twitter, he said why did you keep yourself out of the dialogue? This would have added weight to the process.

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

There has been a military operation against the Taliban with the end of peace efforts – marking an end to those peace efforts – after the Taliban admitted that they had the insurgency, to the extremism. So you don't support this operation at the moment?

Imran Khan

At first, we already represented… my, our party, is represented in the talks Rustam Shah Mohmand is….

Imran Khan

Yes, isolate the groups that are not willing to talk. So why not go against those Taliban who are responsible, who took responsibility for the killing of the 23 soldiers? Why not go after them?

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

Ok, you've also said, and correct me if I'm wrong, that if the Pakistani government was to withdraw its support for the US war on terror, was to stop US Malala in the head, the teenage girl who was trying to basically support kids trying to have an education, girl children have an education. They want to, they do want to impose Sharia law, certain groups do want to impose Sharia law.

Imran Khan

I mean, I didn't know them, I don't know what they stand for, so therefore we had our representative in the committee, and actually the talks were going well until one of the Taliban groups sabotaged them by killing these soldiers.

Imran Khan

I believe that once the dialogue process was exhausted, then only should operations be a last resort. We have never had a proper dialogue in Pakistan ever between the political government and the Taliban. This was the first effort and this was doomed to failure because there are about 50 Taliban groups, there are some groups not interested in peace. So the moment the peace talks started, these acts of terrorism escalated.

Imran Khan

No,no,no. Let me explain. The Taliban wanted me to represent them. How can I represent the Taliban? There are 50 groups, how can I vouch for them? So there was no question of me representing them.

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

How worried should we be in Europe of Pakistani militants coming over here, to Europe, to western countries and fighting their Jihad on our territory?

Imran Khan

No. They are going to north Waziristan… this (attack) was done by the Momand Taliban which is a different agency all together. So they are already now bombing in north Waziristan and my fear is that this will actually lead to more violence.

Isabelle Kumar - Euronews

So, should they have just carried on? You think they should've just carried on regardless?

David Petraeus

My sense is that the tough fighting will continue. Indeed, it may get more intense in the next few months, as we take away the enemy's safe havens and reduce the enemy's freedom of action. The insurgents will fight back.

Asif Ali Zardari

I need financial support to be able to offer the same kind of services with modern schools, which the Madrassas are offering. They are offering to take in the children and pay the parents to send the kids to the madrassas. I need to (be able to) do the same.

Asif Ali Zardari

I think that all extreme forces in the world, whether they be Christians, whether they be some other religion, whether they be Muslim in faith, that extreme mind-sets need to be watched out for and are always a threat to the world.

Asif Ali Zardari

No, I think the think-tanks (are) and that bad news is good news as far as journalism goes. So that brings it up and then draws attention to it.

Asif Ali Zardari

I think this allegation has some merit to it, but it definitely is not true of the political government of today and we have no intention to support such an organisation, it has been banned in Pakistan, it's a banned organisation.

Asif Ali Zardari

They need to be more responsible, they need to be more understanding and they need to understand that this is not Vietnam or Korea; that this war has to be fought where it is, otherwise the terrorists are going to follow them home.

Asif Ali Zardari

I don't think there is any preoccupation in the West with the nuclear power I think there's always a concern. And a lot of journalists like yourself bring it up onto the horizon. I think everybody who needs to know in the world knows that Pakistan's nuclear assets are safe and in safe hands.

Asif Ali Zardari

No, I think any state would be concerned and I would not take it away from them, there has been a bombing, there has been an attack, so you can't write it off, of course there's a concern, but these are non state actors, which have taken the super powers to war.

Asif Ali Zardari

There have always been counter allegations from each other in the past and I wouldn't want to point fingers to anybody.

Asif Ali Zardari

If the situation goes unattended, if I look the other way and we do not confront this cancer of Talibanisation of course it's going to spread and not only is it going to spread in Pakistan, but it is going to spread all around the world, so that is a very genuine threat and one should be aware of it.

Carl Levin

Failures to adequately vet, train and supervise armed security personnel have been wide spread. Posed grave risks to US and coalition troops as well as Afghan civilians.

Hillary Clinton

I want to express my total dismay at the story concerning our marines, who I have the highest respect and admiration for, but I share completely the views expressed by Defence Secretary Leon Panetta earlier today. I join him in condemning the deplorable behaviour that is reflected in this video.

Sigmar Gabriel

The commission charged with the investigation must check if Herr zu Guttenberg told the truth when he affirmed that the German army leadership did not keep him adequately informed.

Gordon Brown

To those insurgents who refuse to accept the conditions for reintegration, we have no choice but to pursue them militarily.

Hillary Clinton

We must also support the efforts by the government of Afghanistan to separate the extremists of al-Qaeda and the Taliban from those who joined their ranks not out of conviction but out of desperation.

Hillary Clinton

I want to express my total dismay at the story concerning our marines. Anyone found to have participated or known about or having engaged in such conduct must be held fully accountable.

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