Below is a statement from the Afghan Taliban, which refers to itself as the "Islamic Emirate [state] of Afghanistan" (as it did in the 1990s). The statement is run without edits.
Thursday, 17 December 2009
The other day, British Premier Brown showed up in south Kandahar out of a sudden in a press conference. He told the participants that Britain supported America’s new strategy because it was aimed at weakening the Taliban. He said, the current resistance in Afghanistan would spiral down during the next 18 moths and the Kabul Administration would take over the charge of security in the country.
With surrogate Karzai, the Head of puppet regime in Kabul standing beside him, Mr. Brown opined about his pipe dream and puppet Karzai was moving his head in the affirmative all along. However, both of them brazenly and shamelessly ignored the fact that they went all-out, using war stratagems, tactics and brutalities in the past eight years but availed them nothing. Now what is there being left of the tactics, ploys and bestialities that could be used in the coming 18 months which will give them the victory.
One may ask Mr. Brown, you were not able to bring about stability to just one province of Afghanistan (Helmand) out of 31 provinces of the country during the past few years despite your using all political and economic power? Have you weakened and slowed down the waves of Jihad and patriotism in the province?. Has the Britain been able in the past years through her use of its latest military technology and presence of ten thousand of soldiers to ensure complete control over a vast swath of land except a few districts?Has the Britain not designed a dummy Helmand at the cost of 80 million to train and familiarize her soldiers with the land of Helmand-- the soil of the patriotic and honor-loving men? A few months ago, nine thousands British soldiers, joined by the same number of American and surrogate Afghan troops, saw the bitter results of their military operations named Sword and the Panther’s claw. They used all their military capability in almost half area of Helmand province, but instead, they got caskets of their troops. They had no achievement except that. Now after the flurry of these devilish machinations that you used in the past what tactics are there left for Brown to talk about, hoping that they would be able to achieve a decisive victory in the coming 18 months?
We believe policies, strategies and roadmaps of the invaders are not acceptable to the Afghan people and to the public of the world. Announcing new strategies, the rulers of the invading countries want to put a clout on their fiasco and disgrace. Some time they announce new strategy; some times pledge to wipe out grafts in the surrogate administration; some time, they give good news of holding conference on Afghanistan in London, Paris, German and other places. Similarly, these callous and cunning politicians make unannounced trips to Afghanistan. The goal behind all these endeavors and shuttle diplomacy is to show to the world that they are still focused on Afghanistan.
But Brown should understand that in the last eight years, the Afghans have tested all strategies, slogans and sympathies of the West and America. A few days ago, dozens of civilians were killed as a result of blind bombardment of American aircrafts in Laghman province. According to another report, the brutal Americans have let loose their trained dogs to bite people during house raids in Khost, Paktika, Maidan Wardak, Ghazni and Kandahar. Later, the miserable Afghans were killed by the cut throat invaders. The Afghan freshly remember these horrendous incidents which ironically display the actual mercy and sympathy of the Americans with the Afghan people. Aptly, the Afghans know how to respond .