Published: Jan 02, 2013 11:14 PM EST

KABUL,  Afghanistan (AP) - The Taliban has likened the planned withdrawal of U.S. forces from Afghanistan to America's pullout from Vietnam, calling it a "declare victory and run" strategy.
A statement from the militant group says the ongoing  transfer of security operations from U.S. to Afghan forces was merely a retreat similar to the American withdrawal from South Vietnam prior to the communist victory there in 1975.
American-led NATO troops are scheduled to pull out of Afghanistan by the end of 2014, although the U.S. will leave a residual force behind and other NATO countries have pledged continuing support of the Kabul government.