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. Zoomzom

    May they fail in their attempts and have wrath of God on them untill they mind their ways and stop killing innocent people and childrens through suicide bombings and similar dirty tactics.

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

    We should seriously consider economic and political sanctions against any government supply the Taliban with weapons and ammunition. If they are private arms merchants, they should be targeted and killed.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:14 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Greg

    To whoever is reading my comments, because they are not getting posted, suck on my big one loser.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Greg

    Sorry for that last comment everybody. I spent a lot of time writing several comments before that never got posted.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:21 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Tune

    To win against terrorist groups, you have to have a very clear defenition of teorism.

    Teoriosm is a political warfare and how will you win a political warfare.

    The Nato forces have finnally begun to understand the political warfare theater.

    To ultimaly win in Afghanistan the Nato forces have to find a well loved afghanistan leader with charisma. That leader have to have the potential to reach to all clans of the afghan people. The afghans have to start believing in their leadership, if not, then Nato is wasting time for a political victory.

    To win the money war against the terroism, is to list every field that produce drugs, etc, give the list to the local nato/afghanistan commander and then Buy it.
    Then also give this drug, for free, to every drug user in the western world and that will lead to a money shortage for the terroists/criminals.

    The final blow to any terriosm, is to start long term, econormic programs political discusions were the West does not give money, but allow imports/exports. This is needed to eliminate all extremists ideas etc, when two or more goverments meet, agree on a political idea and have the bill taken into effect immediatly.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:22 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jesse WAH WAH

    Haha. The arogance of some of you Americans. "Bring it on." PLEASE!!!! They brought it to your front door and toppled 2 American icons in the process. All you've done in return is spend hundreds of millions bombing mountains, adn treating their POW's like they were staying at the Hilton. All the while they're sawing your heads off on the internet and continuing to watch you waste more and more resources on this war. Bring it on indeed.

    May 8, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Nikki

    It's hard for me to understand and to believe this mission is necessary. Every time a Canadian soldier dies I get teary eyed, or any soldier for this mission. It has been going on for so long! For so long and I see no progress whatsoever. Governments hardly ever give the people an update on how the situation is going there all we learn is that another one of our troops died. However, these taliban do need to be stopped. If they get control of the region, they will wage a bigger war towards the western world. And they are doing it the smart way interfering slowly, if they wanted they could pull a major operation and just go in there take them out and either face massive loss or great victory!

    May 8, 2010 at 6:08 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Dale Cotter

    Why not just arm the women of Afghanistan?

    May 8, 2010 at 6:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. John Kantor

    If you print Terrorist propaganda you are a Terrorist. We should be using Drone Strikes on CNN. That would end the war a lot sooner.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:29 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Taliban are a bunch of sissy, they kill women and children while hiding behind them as U.S. troops comfort them. There is no honor among them, just a bunch of street thugs who will continue to be picked off one by one.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Spencer

    Enough already it's getting old here....can't they just kill their own and we all pull out of their countries and watch them kill each other? The threats and all that is getting tiresome. Did any of these taliban morons stop to think why hasn't osama killed himself ? I mean with him saying they should start suicide bombings and all that why hasn't he killed himself..Very smart of all his followers...lmao you idiots..as far as coming to the western world and starting stuff...what's the point..if you hate us so much why waste so much time on worrying on about us? Why do you care so much? Cause the real reason is you want to be us...end of full stop

    May 8, 2010 at 6:31 pm | Report abuse |
  12. J

    What is new about this strategy? They are getting so desperate. I can't wait until they only exist in history textbooks.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:34 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Samuel

    The Afghans know they are fighting for their freedom. And this invading army is the most brutal in their long history of struggle against foreign domination – Soviets, British, Mongols. After 10 years they are still strong and committed.

    Obama the war monger should read a history book and dust off his nobel trophy and earn it.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:41 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Joe

    Does anyone remember 911. Thats what happens when you leave them alone.

    May 8, 2010 at 6:42 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Kei77

    They are now going to build a huge Mosque in sight of the 9/11 destruction area. Imagine how painful that will be to the victim's families!

    May 8, 2010 at 7:00 pm | Report abuse |
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