The Taliban is asserting that as long as the US continues to impose war on Afghanistan that they are confident in their ability to continue fighting back for at least another century (archived). This declaration follows the US Government's withdrawal from a series of peace talks over ongoing US casualties. At the same time US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo bragged of more than 1000 casualties inflicted by the US over a 10 day span. Taliban diplomat Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai responded to Pompeo's gloating with:
Mr. Pompeo admitted that they have killed a thousand Taliban. If they can kill a thousand of us, why can we not kill one or two of them? This is our right. We have to defend ourselves and defend our people.