Taliban call Canadian troops leaving Afghanistan a 'retreat and failure,' report says

General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, returns salute to Major General Dean Milner,...

General Thomas Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, returns salute to Major General Dean Milner, last Commander of the Canadian Contribution to the Training Mission in Afghanistan (CCTM-A), during the flag lowering ceremony at the International Security Assistance Force headquarters on March 12, 2014, which marks the end of Canada's twelve-year military involvement in Afghanistan. (MCpl Patrick Blanchard/Canadian Forces Combat Camera/HANDOUT)

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, Last Updated: 4:27 PM ET

The Taliban has celebrated Canadian troops leaving Afghanistan, saying the flag lowering on Wednesday signalled a "retreat and failure."

In a statement obtained and translated from Pashto by The Canadian Press, Taliban forces congratulated forces in rural districts on the win.

"Your sacrifices have brought us freedom. The beacons of your blood have lit the way to independence. Celebrate the victory and freedom from the Canadians," the statement read, The Canadian Press reported.

"Today was the last day of this snake in this land and it has officially ended its occupation."

Canada officially ended its mission in Afghanistan on Wednesday.


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