May 8th, 2010
01:35 PM ET

Taliban announce new operation in Afghanistan

The Taliban announced Saturday they would begin a new operation against U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan, vowing that "all foreign invading forces will ultimately face defeat," according to a statement from the group.

"The Al-Faath (victory) operations will target the invading Americans, the NATO military personnel, foreign advisers, spies who pose as foreign diplomats, members of the Karzai stooge administration and members of the cabinet," the Taliban statement said.

The statement, which listed 10 other targeted groups, said the operation would begin May 10, and would use IEDs, blockades, assassinations, abductions and suicide missions.

Afghan Defense Minister Rahim Wardak said Saturday the Taliban do not have the number of fighters or the means necessary to carry out such plans.

A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force told CNN that the Taliban's "pledge to attack the very people committed to securing Afghanistan's future further demonstrates that they have nothing to offer the Afghan people but more blood and tears."

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  1. Thurss

    Just like Taliban "The warriors of god" to threaten to hide behind walls and use assassination kidnapping and IEDS. They are nothing more then little girls hiding behind\d a wall throwing rocks.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:02 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Aaron

    how is this any new information? i thought they had a new operation going on.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:04 pm | Report abuse |
  3. brown

    Let's make sure our Marines don't do anything bad to the Taliban ... you
    know the Taliban has rights here in America!

    May 8, 2010 at 2:07 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Angel M.

    Defeat....... yea right! They come our way and we blow them away but yet they still consider it a win on their side. They need to lay off the opium

    May 8, 2010 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jaime Greer

    A Taliban SURGE? Bring it on and let the women of Afghanistan kick their Taliban Butts.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:12 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Soldier

    Yeah, and let's make sure to give them a five star field hotel service when we capture them, and we also need to make sure that their hand cuffs aren't too tight and that they get a clean bath and fresh beddings every day

    May 8, 2010 at 2:25 pm | Report abuse |
  7. a Navy vet

    Bring it on!

    May 8, 2010 at 2:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Ryan

    And so the war continues...

    May 8, 2010 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
  9. SSG KELLEY

    HAHA is all I can say on this post.Just in time for my next tour!!! HOOAH

    May 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Bernard

    The decent people of Afganistan need a future and hope. I hope and pray they overtake the evil people whom are truely enslaving them ....in the name of god. Most Afgans are of the POSTUNE – PunJab ethnic group. Their children need a future. The children need education. The women need freedom and the men need.......( I am not sure what )

    May 8, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  11. alexanderangnj

    what will happen if we and the NATO leave afghanistan ? the taliban will just invade afghanistan right ? well let them have it ! Why invest our tax money and blood in foreign countries ? we need to put our tax money right here AT HOME.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Carl Justus

    They may not have the manpower to carry out their threats, but it is never wise to under extimate your enemy.

    It is best to prepare and if nothing happens, praise the Lord and if they do happen to come we will be ready.

    The trouble with us Americans, we thnk we have all and the ohly answers to problems of the world and think we need to there to make things right while our own people suffer from massive job losses, GREED, high prices from houses, gasoline to groceries and forget about the 6 hundred billion we spend on the military, MORE THAN ALL THE OTHER NATIONS OF THE WORLD FOR WE HAVE 750 MILITARY BASES AROUND THE WORLD.

    We are borrowing 3 billion dollars a day to try to pay for our GREED AND POWER and o not have sense enough to realize we cannot sustain that debt or even interest on that debt.
    It is time we bring our troops home and let the other nations of the world fight their fight or live under the rule of dictators, religious leaders, tribesmen, or criminals if that is what they want.

    May 8, 2010 at 2:57 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Jack

    uh oh. Theres no way our 533 billion dollar defense budget will stand against these people.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  14. slickpete

    leave Afghanistan alone, Bin Ladden is not there any more , we should let the peple live in peace . when are we gonna pull out of there.? it's a waste of tax money with nothing to achieved... AND WE CRYING ABOUT THE DEFICIT-(AT LEAST HEALH CARE DOES GOOD FOR EVERY) here we just murdur peaple left and rihgt and racking up the bill.. THETALIBAN (OR WHAT EVER NAME U WANT TO CALL IT) THEY HAVE THE RIGHT TO DEFEND THEIR HOME.. SHOUD N'T THEY???????

    May 8, 2010 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  15. alexanderangnj

    the last 3 comments are on the same boat as mine 🙂

    yes.. I think for once, we should abandon our advancements. Ex President Bush already lost all of our tax money to war, why repeat ??

    If taliban wanted Afganistan, let them have it !! They'll even stop hating us and give us Thank You notes !

    May 8, 2010 at 3:21 pm | Report abuse |
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