“All of these reports of peace talks are nonsense,” Aminullah said. “This is just propaganda by the U.S. and its NATO allies to hide their defeat on the battlefield. We are winning, why should we negotiate.”

“So in your opinion, what is the current status of the U.S. and NATO on the battlefield,” I asked.

“Let me ask you that question,” Aminullah shot back. “Which U.S. or NATO operation has been successful? Has the operation in Helmand been a success?”

Aminullah was quick to answer his own questions.

“British forces cannot come out of their bunkers. What about the U.S. operation in Marjah? That certainly failed. And whatever small gains they say they are making in Kandahar will fail too.”