US faces 'utter defeat': Taliban

2012-09-11 10:01

Washington - US forces face "utter defeat" in Afghanistan and Americans are unsafe wherever they go in the world, the Taliban said ahead of the anniversary of the 11 September 2001 terror attacks.

Eleven years ago on Tuesday, almost 3 000 people lost their lives in the worst terror strike on American soil that saw two passenger aircraft hijacked by al-Qaeda slam into New York's World Trade Centre and another into the Pentagon. A fourth aircraft crashed in a Pennsylvania field.

What followed was a war in Afghanistan, launched over the Taliban's alliance with al-Qaeda.

"The anniversary of 9/11 is approaching America this year at a time when it is facing utter defeat in Afghanistan militarily, politically, economically and in all other facets and it has exhausted all other means through which to prolong its illegal war," said a statement from the Afghan Taliban, the US-based Site Intelligence Group said on Monday.

The statement, which the Taliban wrote in English and posted on Sunday, goes on to say that the war in Afghanistan "under the pretext of retaliation for the September incident has no legal or ethical" basis, and that Afghans had "no hand" in what happened.

Even though the United States has spent "large amounts of military and economical assets" in the war, "no American is safe in any society today", the statement said.

2 000 killed

The Taliban also claimed it was not a threat but vowed to defend its homeland and continue with its "sacred struggle" against "the invaders".

"The Islamic Emirate, on the eleventh anniversary of the September incident, once again calls upon the American officials, its coalition members and its people to halt shedding the blood of the oppressed Afghans under this pretext and to follow the path of sound reasoning instead of tyranny and stupidity."

The war in Afghanistan has steadily lost popular support in the United States.

A growing majority of Americans oppose the US military presence in Afghanistan and support Nato's plan to withdraw most combat forces by the end of 2014.

More than 2 000 US troops have been killed in Afghanistan. Around 77 000 are currently stationed in the country.

In a separate statement, also released on Sunday according to Site, the Taliban accused CIA Director David Petraeus of founding the "Arkabi" militia groups and alleged that he is therefore "directly involved" in killings attributed to them.

  • fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 10:26

    They don't call Afghanistan the burial ground of empires for nothing. These Afghan peasants have shown the world what true resistance to foreign occupation means.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-11 10:55

      Say what you must, I don't see videos Americans slowly decapitating innocent journalists, photographers and tourists, let alone forcing an 8 year old kid to do it.

      jamesedmundbird - 2012-09-11 11:16

      No, but you do see American soldiers sexual harassing, humiliating and unrinating on islamic "prisoners". And take note, that information was leaked, imagine what the yanks are doing behind closed doors.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 11:21

      I suppose you have a point, if one doesn't shoot, or beat their women, one might just vaporise or decapitate them with hi-tech missiles. Don't you just love the Civilised World!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-11 11:32

      I would rather be vaporized or sexually abused and my corpse pissed on than take a blunt blade to the throat in a 30 minute torture where you feel everything up until your spine finally gets snapped. I certainly don't support America, but it really is apparent who had a bigger bloodlust.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 11:45

      Americans use the "shock and awe" doctrine in their psychological warfare. The Talibam uses blunt blades. Both morally repugnant! Neither of these methods of killing desreve your support!

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-11 12:01

      No killing deserves any support, which brings us to my initial problem with your comment supporting these violent people who give Islam a bad name. Everyone already hates America, why drag yourselves down with them?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 13:01

      @Tony If you read my original post, I was merely commenting on their resilience, and not their fighting tactics.

  • melanie.pienaar.92 - 2012-09-11 11:15

    I realy do dislike the yanks, I am of the opinion that they are responsible for more deaths than any other nation in te last hundred years including Germany. Lets not forget who pulls the strings in America. Hiroshima,Nagasaki,Iraq,Afghanistan,Corea,Agent Orange the list goes on and on.

      Tony Lapson - 2012-09-11 11:38

      I agree with you on that, the Americans have ulterior motives for their actions beyond defense, but these people aren't going to target soldiers, banks, companies and war criminals. Nope, they will kill anyone for simply being born into a specific country, even if they are peaceful people.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 11:42

      Americans love killing.......too much! They've been in perpetual war since the end of WW11. If I were a cynical person I could almost believe that the US would have a hard time in the World without conflict! Forbid!

      AnthonyfromAfrica - 2012-09-11 15:22

      . If I were a cynical person I could almost believe that you enjoy spewing American hatred !!!

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 15:45

      Someone's got to keep chipping away at this self made world police!

  • Tony Lapson - 2012-09-11 11:35

    Oh, and it has become well known that hiding amongst woman and children is the first tactic for defense. At least then you can complain about how they died at the hands of brutal Americans.

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 11:51

      It is the three year anniversary of the disaster at Granai where a drone killed 50 Muslim women and their children, "plotting" a wedding. It's worth pointing out that the Taliban are a ragtag collection of individuals - largely orphaned boys drawn from refugee camps in Afghanistan and Pakistan - and militias, almost all desperately poor and uneducated, motivated by poverty and personal loss to expel an occupying force. Most Taliban recruits were young teenagers when the Twin Towers fell. Most signed up because of losses suffered following the occupation. They tend to their goats and poppy fields in the mornings, attend weddings in the afternoon, and fight foreign occupiers at night.

      LanfearM - 2012-09-11 13:51

      @ fidel.mgoqi - Quite true about Afghanistan actually. When the communist USSR invaded there, they fought them off for more than ten years. With US aid in weapons of course. And we all know who supply them now with weapons. The five permanent members of the security council [US, Russia, UK, France, China] are also the biggest weapons suppliers in the world... So tell me something fidel, do/did you approve of Taliban rule? Before 2001 I mean?

      fidel.mgoqi - 2012-09-11 14:59

      You see Lanfear, as an African, I have no business telling Indians, Arabs, or anyone how to live their lives. I don't have a colonial mindset and as such how other societies organise themselves is none of my business.

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