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. For the People


    May 8, 2010 at 8:45 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe six pack

    We are the invaders the Taliban's are protecting their homeland, what part of it you don't get.

    there's no reason for us to be there but to keep fighting and loosing our young's blood

    May 8, 2010 at 8:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. joseph David

    We are completely targeting the wrong people. The true leaders are the imams and preachers. We should grab them all and "convince" them to issue fatwas or skinnywas against what the taliban do on a daily basis. Little by little the foot soldiers who are brainwashed will shift their focus. That is what needs to be done. Put pressure on all imams and clerics, forget the rest.

    May 8, 2010 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ken89l

    You mean.. as if if the taliban hasn't already been participating in IEDs, kidnappings, and suicide bombing? It's about as newsworthy an announcement as an investment banker saying they'll 'trade aggressively' when the occupation is itself requires one to be 'on the ball' all the time.

    Is the Taliban trying to be transparent?

    May 8, 2010 at 8:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. emanuel numnuts

    Its sad cause they actually are wooping our ass if you compare our technology to theirs. Its no joke we need another approach or we need to leave plain and simple this is getting old, not that I really care 4real.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:03 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Randy

    Its time to get out of both wars let those fools fight for them selfs The US always has to stick there noses in other countrys business I say the hell with them,

    May 8, 2010 at 9:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Robert In Arizona

    This is intresting we have invaded Afganistan and we have invaders coming from Mexico here. We should leave Afganistan but let the illegals stay here, intresting situation.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:29 pm | Report abuse |
  8. mitch

    I say we make videos of our troops bathing the bullets in bacon grease before they load them and post it on the internet...seriously, though, the problem becomes the fact that the people of Afghanistan are not getting the help that we need to give them. We need to apply our expertise in infrastructure improvements and try to convince the people that wheat can be as profitable as poppies.....which may be a hard sell, thanks to the Taliban and the other Islamic radicals that use opium money to finance their operations. We need to help the Afghans help themselves!!!

    May 8, 2010 at 9:37 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Samuel

    9/11 is a crazy excuse to be occupying the country for ten years. No Afghans were involved. The hijackers were a bunch of Saudis living in Germany who trained to fly in the US. It could as easily have been planned from a basement in Idaho.

    May 8, 2010 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ivan

    religion is soo dumb.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Darve

    This is probably new news to Obama and Clinton. Also, as if the Taliban is boasting or something. Just bring our troops home from that sh**thole stone age place.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. KCJB

    The US does not negotiate with terrorists! Amen to that! God Bless our Troops!

    May 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Stryfe

    keep sending em taliban fools, we will keep sending you all to hell where you belong!!!!!

    May 8, 2010 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Alex Berish

    The whole idea behind us keeping our troops in Afghanistan is that the 20 year plan is for Afghanistan is for it to have some a government willing to sell oil to the U.S. The war is just an investment in our future.

    May 8, 2010 at 10:46 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Joseph L Cooke

    This is good news. There are plenty of Ma Deuce rounds with the bad guys' names already inscribed. Now, come to daddy, just a little bit closer,.....

    May 8, 2010 at 10:48 pm | Report abuse |
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