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. bob

    I have an idea. The united states could buy all the opium in Afghanistan so the taliban cant, then the American people will have plenty of drugs, and the Mexican cartels will have no demand for their product!

    May 8, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Veteran Michigan

    Time to start experimenting some of those new anti personal weapons they are just dyin to play with,, lol I wish the proud men and women fighting a safe tour, let em have it, and your doing a fantastic job
    thank you

    May 8, 2010 at 11:08 pm | Report abuse |
  3. husker boy

    where is Bagdad Bob saying "There are no Americans here, we will chase them off with our top level army"

    at least this, they can at least say they are "Trying something" and calling uncle sam out for some whoop ass.

    They said they will start may 10?
    I say may 11 or 12, start to bomb the hell out of them.

    I give them credit, at least they "said something"
    and want to fight.

    capture them alive, and have the afgan women take care of them with plastic forks or something.
    GO USA

    May 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  4. paul

    in the vietnam war thier were corridors a fighter jet if he saw a enemy tank in another corridor could not destroy it, those were negotiated terms while the war was on, the americans could not win a war there because of the russian/chinese support to vietnam, the reason the russians could not win against the taliban was because of american and mid east financial and weaponery to the taliban, i am sure russian and china is enjoying watching this war, the taliban the americans supported are now fighting the americans and the pakistani,s, i wonder when darkness falls if they all don,t play musical chairs

    May 8, 2010 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  5. paul

    The nicest thing about this discussion page it is not worth posting on,

    May 8, 2010 at 11:26 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Zippy

    Alex Berish...OMG! Do you really think we're in Afghanistan because they're selling us oil? WOW! Our education system has failed us terribly.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:35 am | Report abuse |
  7. s.cohen

    well, hopefully they'll get some uniforms so we can play fair.

    May 9, 2010 at 12:47 am | Report abuse |
  8. SSGT Smith

    Afghanistan was a safe haven for terrorists who vow to eliminate the existence of the united states and any non-muslim country for that matter. Do we remember September 11th? WE were attacked! This is not time to walk away and hide from our problems. We were the victims, they are the aggressor. Its time to defend our country!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:01 am | Report abuse |

    What are they going to do? Throw camel dung at them!!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:08 am | Report abuse |
  10. phillip

    Gotta love American arrogance. "Bring it on" – Yeah, sure George Bush clones.
    For every Taliban killed there are 100 more ready to fight. That is the reality. If the US really thinks it can "win" this war, then I guess we will all have to be ready to watch it go on for another 10, 20, 30, 40 years. This war defines unsustainability. You would need a couple of million troops over there to even have a chance. That is the sad truth. The whole country is a labyrinth of hiding places. Sad to see how many have bought the lie. Some of us knew this was hopeless almost 10 years ago. Now, 10 years later, we are still there, and what has been accomplished? Nothing. Absolutely nothing. You can expect more of the same.

    May 9, 2010 at 1:15 am | Report abuse |
  11. Bugs Bunny

    They know we will leave the country before the year is out. So why launch an operation?

    Do they want us to stay longer? Why?

    So that Pakistan can continue to milk us?

    And we thought we were smart – What a Moron!

    May 9, 2010 at 1:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. Hendy

    you know what i think um... we should give the southern half of the afghanistan to the taliban and al-qaeda wait for about 10 years let them get settled in. So they become desensitized about us invading them and we along with our allies surround there small weak nation like a hand holding a small black heart and squeeze it shut. wringing out the black virus they call jihad ending it forever. unlesh an all out air,naval, and ground attack on there small weak nation.
    and call it....

    operation clasp

    May 9, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  13. Arthur

    Did they announce it on their facebook page ?

    May 9, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
  14. jw

    Is there ever going to be peace in Afghanistan?

    I doubt it. The majority of the people are too primitive; they exist to subsist – meaning people will sell drugs in order to live. Too many will oppress their own women, and sell them like property to subsist. They will ally with the highest bidder, or the one with the gun pointed at them. In short, they have no moral understanding of the greater good – Afghans are not conditioned to think responsibly for others; they exist to subsist.

    I can imagine how offensive this is. But this is human nature. Humans, regardless of their background, consider their own survival first. In Afghanistan, this is even more so – hence, the country cannot advance technologically, and will forever be invaded, by one nation, after another. One day, it will be China knocking on Afghanistan's door, looking for the grand son (terrorist) of Bin Laden etc.

    The other sad truth, is that skin color is a determining factor, in deciding friend from foe, and brother, from stranger. This is too often the reason why so many 'domestics' – Afghans, will ally with the taliban.

    A smile can hide a lot of misgivings. Take Hamid Karzai for example. He smiles, and pleases the cameras, but is he trully an ally worthy of note? – he is as corrupt as his brother is, and looks to satisfy his own political desires, ahead of what is best for his people.

    Afghanistan needs the west, so as to modernize its medieval way of thinking. I do not mean materialism, I mean the equality of races, the equality of women, the necessity of law, and importance of justice.


    May 9, 2010 at 1:42 am | Report abuse |
  15. you sillies

    Afghanistan does not produce oil... k thnx bai

    May 9, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
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