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Kabul rejects fears Taliban could retake territory in 2014

Dec. 28, 2013 at 12:39 PM   |   Comments

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Afghanistan's government rejected a British general's warnings that the Taliban could move in when British forces move out of Afghanistan next year.

The Interior Ministry said Saturday Afghan forces have the upper hand and have knocked back recent attempts to retake any territory in the country.

Ministry spokesman Sediq Sediqi told reporters the concerns of Gen. Peter Wall were baseless and the Taliban are headed for defeat, the Khaama Press said.

Wall this week told Britain's Daily Telegraph he feared the Taliban would go on the offensive in 2014 and could recapture territory in southern Afghanistan currently controlled by his 6,000 troops.

"The Taliban will be contesting the places we've left and there are these iconic places like Musa Qala which we fought over and suffered quite significantly," said Wall, who added that the fighting could intensify as British forces commence their withdrawal in 2014.

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