As I show in The Truth About Muhammad, this is a belief that goes back to the Battle of Badr, the first great victory in Islamic history. And if losses follow, they will not lead to a reexamination of the assumption that faith and victory are tied together, but will be ascribed to lack of faith, and more Islam will be prescribed as the remedy.
From AFP, with thanks to Sr. Soph:
KANDAHAR – Top Taleban commander Mullah Dadullah says faith and popular support will see his men fight off an offensive in southern Afghanistan by NATO and Afghan troops.
The troops Tuesday kicked off what NATO”s International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) called their biggest offensive yet against the Taleban and their allies, focused on the lawless northern part of Helmand province.
Coalition war planes struck Taleban compounds and armouries and dropped “precision-guided munitions” on a Taleban militant who had been helping move anti-aircraft weapons, military statements said.
Two British soldiers and an unknown number of rebel fighters have died in various clashes.
Dadullah, who is reported to be the Taleban’s military operations chief for southern Afghanistan, acknowledged the superior might of ISAF in a telephone interview Saturday with AFP but said he was undaunted.
“No one in the world has better weapons than NATO. They have got better weapons, but we will defeat them with the power of faith and belief,” Dadullah told an AFP reporter who has spoken to him several times and knew his voice.
“The entire nation is with us: the people give us food, fruit and money. The people are fed up with infidel, invading troops and their puppets,” he said.
He claimed to be in Helmand province.
“We have enough men to fight this battle,” he said. “Some foreign mujahedin (holy fighters) are also fighting alongside our mujahedin.
Dadullah said Taleban fighters were being backed by Al Qaeda-linked foreign jihadists, including from Chechnya and the Palestinian territories.
“We have relations with Iraqi mujahedin””we send fighters to them, they send to us,” he added.