December 2, 2009 / 11:35 AM / 10 years ago

More U.S. troops will only strengthen resolve: Taliban

Taliban fighters pose with weapons in an undisclosed location in Afghanistan, August 19, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban said on Wednesday that President Barack Obama’s plan to send tens of thousands of extra troops to the country would not work and would only strengthen their resolve.

“This strategy by the enemy will not benefit them. However many more troops the enemy sends against our Afghan mujahideen, they are committed to increasing the number of mujahideen and strengthen their resistance,” the Taliban said in a statement e-mailed to media on Wednesday.

Reporting by Jonathon Burch; Editing by David Fox

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