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. LCpl Murray, Austin

    We must stay and finished what we started. 5, 10 or even 15years. But if the U.S. wants to leave sooner just train up the Afghan forces so slowly take our place.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Dwayne Hale

    I wish I had a dollar for every time a leader used the idea of "God is going to get you" in order to invade an area, or kill, maime, mutilate, etc. Using "God" is no excuse for excersizing evil, and the whole world knows it.
    People are capable of change, but it takes a lot of willpower to make it come about. Stone age ideas won't be effective in today's world, and the message should be repeated to the nations who insist on contuing their charade. The entire civilized world needs to join in a constant chorus of "Catch up with the rest of the world...NOW". We neeed to repeat that message quite often, so the stone agers won't get to rest until the catch up with today's world. I think thta the message is alreadt out there, but it isn't being reinforced enough.

    Much of the world had to change a long time ago in order to survive. The middle east should be no different

    May 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Socretes

    So how is this offensive against the U.S. and coalition forces different from what they've been doing since the war began? These guys really are idiots with a secret love for the United States.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Socretes

    I know some taliban members and/or anti U.S. people are reading this dialogue so I'll just say that you guys were born to be women and allah punished you and made you men who want power but can't have it because you're weak. You're a disgrace to your people and the entire human race. Why don't you make a stand for yourself and become powerful to your people by living equal to women and children. You guys are suckers in your own minds and try to make up for it by making your own people fear you. COWARDS!!!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  5. alexanderangnj

    Both sides (pro-war and anti-war), whichever sides you're on, should spare a minute or two, and PRAY for whatever is the best solution to these neverending crisis ! May God answer our prayer ; GOD BLESS

    May 8, 2010 at 4:27 pm | Report abuse |
  6. dale

    it's time for them to experience the mushroom cloud

    May 8, 2010 at 4:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Jessica

    How quickly some people choose to forget 9/11. Very sad and pathetic. God Bless America and other NATO countries and their troops for all the tremendous work they are doing.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. alexanderangnj

    I have a SOLUTION to all the extremnist. Since all you've all ever wanted is the prize to be with dozens of young virgins, won't it make more sense to just have a suicide pack amongst your kind ? In that way, you'll save time and money and you don't even have to anger the Christians !

    May 8, 2010 at 4:31 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Exodus

    America tries to be too politically correct which is why we don't "win" anymore. We shoulda bombed them into total submission to begin with. They coulda ended all of this early if they woulda turned over bin Laden like we told them to. Instead they made the choice but we don't want to really hurt anyone who doesnt really deserve it. When you have an infestation of roaches you don't look for the ones stealing the food; you kill em all.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Tired of War Afghan

    I am an Afghan male who grew up all his life under constant fire. I was a child when the Soviets invaded, our village was turned into rubble because the Soviets lost some troops next to this village. 80% of my extended family was killed. Then the civil war. Every day rockets were shoot at the street where I lived. Every 3 weeks a rocket slammed inot our house. Then the Taliban. Little peace was brought, but too religious. Now this crap. I would wish a solution is brought to end this. War will not solve it. The US military operations will not end war in Afghanistan. It's very rare that an Afghan wills it down and let his country be taken over by invaders, even if he's very tired of war. The only way to end this is to negotiate with the Taliban leadership. They will not probably accept everything and will want some of their ideas in the gov't. But that's the only way to end this. Even if 90% of them are killed and their leadership is killed, they will be back. The Soviets tried it, and they couldnt' end the Mujahedeen. These are the same guys. I am tired of these wars. I would rather live under some Taliban ideas than this constant fire. I am in the West now, but I feel for the child growing up right now in Afghanistan, because I saw how it is growing up as a child daily where there are bombs everywhere. The US military will not defeat the Taliban. The Taliban will not defeat the US military, but might wear them down. The only way to end this quick is negotiate.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:42 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Matthew Hahn

    Afghanistan and Pakistan, both have presented challenges we choose not to expect. The whole scenario is fraught with up front legitimization and indeed back in the day of 9/11 I wanted to shoot someone.

    That's a simplistic gut reaction, very Old Testament. What we are dealing with is a very new religion, i.e. Islam, Christians behaved much the same way in their earlier days. Cloak it in Christianity and it's somehow appropriate: Martyrdom, the Crusades, Constantine and war, Slavery, Racism, and the general destruction of those not us or U,S,: Iran-Contra, Panama Canal, Cuba, and transnational corporations seeking to make a profit off slave/sweatshop labor of those not in the U.S. It's the arena of supply chain management at it's finest.

    The Taliban are a group of thugs with monetary backing of those who are extreme Muslims. They such things because it brings in funding from those who wish the U.S. to continue war on them and spend capital in a place where victory is difficult if ever achievable. They own rock caves, they own the terrain, and we try to become more sophisticated technologically speaking in order to combat the situation.

    A friend of mine once said we should lay devastation and salt the earth behind us in Afghanistan. While perhaps strong wording, the question is what is it truly we seek to gain by being there? I've heard of the democratization of Afghanistan, or the capture/killing of Bin Laden, but really what would that do? War on Terror? War on anyone who doesn't believe what you believe politically?

    We come to a country ruled by fundamentalists, i.e. in a religion much younger than ours, and wonder why it's not working out? "Shock and Awe" is worthless is such a country, be it Iraq or Afghanistan. The people believe different things than we do Trying to democratize a country without a step through oligarchy is questionable based on Christian history. Why should we be surprised when corruption occurs or when any gains won are lost when our troops move out.

    The Taliban saying they will renew strikes in Afghanistan is not only to be expected, it's part of the society there. So the question again is why are we really there? I mean it's probably classified has something to do with showing Russia just how bad ass we are, but I mean really, why?

    And if I was to get that answer, I'd again ask: Really? You think so? What is it you'd think was going to happen when you killed civilians accidentally?

    May 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  12. sarah

    So slick Pete – I guess you have no respect for women or womes rights. The taliban shoud all die and rot in hell. Afghan women – rise up and take arms – defend yourselves against these wack jobs.

    May 8, 2010 at 4:48 pm | Report abuse |
  13. John

    Why don't we just carpet-bomb the whole place and just be done with it! Free parking for everybody!!!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:49 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Scott

    Taliban is a good example of what happens when a countries every day citizens don't have guns. They get oppressed.
    I'll be keeping my guns!

    May 8, 2010 at 4:53 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Tired of War Afghan

    Scott, you are wrong. Taliban is what happens when every citizen has a gun. In Afghanistans, you will not find a family that has less than 5 guns. This is why Karzai and the US military went door to door to round up the gun. You are right, guns are good against invders, adn this is why the US military disarmed everyone. In Afghanistan, everyone owned guns in the 90s since there was no govt.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:05 pm | Report abuse |
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