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. Kyle

    Slickpete: It's a complicated issue and no doubt there can be an argument made that we shouldn't be there anymore. But seriously, stop acting like the Taliban are just defending their homes and are not a group of warlords oppressing an entire population and forcing their own strict interpretation of Islam down their own people's throats. They are violent and fascist, and brainwash kids to strap bombs to their chest and blow themselves up. They throw acid in the faces of women for trying to read and learn. Whether or not we should be there, we are not the most oppressive force in that country, not even close.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:24 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Donna

    Slickpete – the problem with your assessment of the situation is that you assume the Taliban are Afghans. Hate to burst your bubble, but a majority of the Taliban fighters are imports from other countries. They are not trying to DEFEND their home, they are trying to impose their will on the people of a country they could care less about. There are resources there, such as the lucrative opium and hashish trade, that attracts these rabid dogs.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:28 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Mike

    You know, I'm actually really impressed by the Taliban's new, state-of-the-art and terrifying camel-mounted RPG system. Wow...sad to say I just don't think an A-10 Warthog can take one of them out. We've met our match.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:29 pm | Report abuse |
  4. alexanderangnj


    I thnk aftganistan has always been an islam country, just like the rest of the middle yeast. The fighting within their religion is understandable

    Look at our christian religion, we ourselves have Lutheran / Evangelist / Paptist christian versus catholics. We wouldnt want the islam worshipper to interfere with our own various level of christian verbal war , do we ?

    I say.. let them be.. let them cannibalize each other. The only thing we should be doing is.. PRAY, and not to use FORCE against them in their territory

    May 8, 2010 at 3:30 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mikehrj

    They forgot to add women, children, students, non-radicals, people who listen to music, and non-bearded men to the list of those who they're targeting.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:42 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Maria

    Let the Afghans fight for their country??? They can't yet. The Afghan National Army isn't sufficiently trained yet. That's why the U.S. and many other nations are there to try and train them so then we can leave. We cannot abandon Afghans and let them get slaughtered by the Taliban just so Al Qaeda can return and set up camp again. Do we ever learn??

    May 8, 2010 at 3:43 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Buddy

    If we leave Afghanistan the Taliban and Al Quaeda would not stop their efforts of attacking the USA. It would just become easier for them to train and gather resources. Other "jihadis" would be encouraged to join them, their numbers would increase, their financing would increase. The most effective way to "win" this war and I use the word "win" loosely, is to have Pakistan to make a full effort of stopping Al Quaeda and its affiliated Taliban inside areas some consider to be Pakistani. Pakistan no longer sees Al Qaeda and other radical violence prone Islamic denominations as something it can send off into the wilds of Waziristan and Afghanistan. If the USA and ISAF left the other what would the point of Pakistan making the effort? At least with forces their Pakistan has an anvil for its hammer versus Salafiyism.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:45 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Heather

    I am reading Vali Nasr's book "Forces of Fortune" The rise of the Muslim Middle Class and what it will mean for our world. It is fascinating. Especially the Chapter 5 Pakistan's Horror and's all there about the Taliban....and it gives all that is in this piece. It was inevitable that this what they are stating would happen...given Pakistan's actions..It's a different mindset....

    May 8, 2010 at 3:46 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Skullector

    Can we just give them Karzai?

    May 8, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  10. donna

    the Taliban, sad to say they think this is a holy war, they will be wakening up to a fire in hell god says all murders will burn in the lake of fire that kill people like they are, I thank god for the troops they are doing good and keeping us safe they will be blessed.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mike

    In all reality, we just need to get out of the Middle East altogether. The U.S. can't afford the luxury of being World Policeman right now. Sure, the Taliban is a credible threat but more so for Afghanistan than the U.S.

    Bush dropped the ball on finding Bin Laden and the Taliban in favor of his illegitimate war in Iraq, which has created a huge vacuum of lost money and resources, not to mention lives. All for what? The liberation of a country full of people who HATE Western culture and the U.S. in general? What's wrong with this picture?

    President Obama is a good man and I think he'll turn out to be a great president. But, he isn't doing himself any favors by continuing with ANY Bush doctrine, particularly in the Middle East.

    It's time to pull back, regroup, focus on strengthening our borders and our country, strengthening our people, solving our domestic problems, finding alternative energies to rid ourselves of this addiction to Middle Eastern oil once and for all. I don't mind our Navy being spread around the world because they provide disaster, rescue and patrol support services as well as being the flexed biceps of America, but ground troops in bases all around the world (and in the Middle East) really need to come home.

    If the U.S. really, REALLY wants an effective force to deal with terrorism, then the government should create a FOREIGN LEGION, like what France and Spain have done. Even many of the military experts believe this. Perhaps this would also be a way for immigrants (not just Hispanics!) to come to this country and legally earn the right to become residents (or even as citizens) and make a little cash to send to their relatives back home.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  12. jstmyview

    More "Towel Head" propaganda. These extremist use Religion as a front for their Evil Ways.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  13. kevin

    shoulda dropped the mother of all bombs on the poppy fields....that would have crippled their financial services...also i say lay waste the moutntain ranges where they hide..

    May 8, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  14. jstmyview

    If you look up the word "Explosion" in an Arabic dictionary, it means “A call to prayer”. This is a way of life, mentality, for the Muslims and people from the Middle East. It's all they know.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Chistian

    why are we even there you know what the Vietcong did to us in the Vietnam war they crushed us they were Geurilla fighters the Taliban are just more of the same... we lost the war give it up.

    May 8, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
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