The Taliban on Saturday warned of a prolonged war in Afghanistan if any foreign troops stay after the end of 2014, as Kabul and Washington prepare to discuss the ‘residual’ U.S. security presence.

“If America wants to leave a small or large number of its troops for whatever length of time then it means war and destruction will continue in the region for that same length,” said the Taliban in a statement.

“If Karzai and the Kabul regime agree with the presence of even a single American soldier then, just as presently, they shall also be responsible for all future hostilities, casualties and destruction,” it added. — AFP