Today the Taliban released an official statement on the “12th year of the American invasion” of Afghanistan. The statement, which was emailed to The Long War Journal by spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid, is reproduced in full below.
The statement contains the standard fare of Taliban propaganda, but notably, and not surprisingly, fails to mention the reason for the US invasion of Afghanistan: the fact that al Qaeda’s 9/11 attack on America was launched from Afghanistan.
But the most interesting, and factual, part of the statement is the Taliban’s claim that it has “forced the arrogant enemy to accept the existence and presence of the Islamic Emirate in the political field while openly declaring that they are quitting Afghanistan and want to bring the conflict in Afghanistan to an end through talks.”
The Taliban has been consistent on this very point. It has continued to maintain that it demands to be recognized as the legitimate representative of the Afghan people and will accept only the return of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. This was the point of the Taliban’s opening its “political office” in Qatar. While Western officials hailed the opening of the Qatar office as a critical step towards a negotiated settlement, the Taliban all along said the office was intended to legitimize the group in the eyes of the international community. The Taliban then rubbed salt into the West’s wounds by raising the Taliban’s flag and calling the de facto embassy its “political office.”
For more information, see Threat Matrix report, Afghan Taliban balk at removing flag, official name from ‘political office’ in Qatar, and LWJ report, Afghan Taliban announces new ‘political office’ in Qatar.
Statement of Islamic Emirate regarding the 12th year of the American invasion
On 7th of October 2001, the detested President of America, George W. Bush, trampled on all human and Islamic standards, began the invasion of Afghanistan and declared an open Crusade.
Bush, who had completely lost his senses and could not fathom anything except savagery and depravity, demanded the entire world support this odious war by either sending their armies or by providing financial and logistical support. That is when 49 nations including NATO, without having a legitimate warrant while failing to reject Bush’s stubborn terrorism and accepting the sound reasoning of the oppressed Afghans, unfortunately sided with Bush and practically invaded our beloved homeland in the form of an anti-Islamic coalition.
America and its coalition armies violated all Islamic and human norms and began the systematic torture, detention and killing of every Afghan who stood firm on his Islamic fervor and Afghan pride.
The barbaric Americans tortured thousands of Afghans in the prisons of Guantanamo, Bagram, Kandahar as well as in the internal and foreign secret and open prisons, thousands of other defenseless Afghans were martyred, massive bombs were dropped on their mud built compounds and even banned as well as poisonous weapons were used throughout the country.
But no international humanitarian organization or self proclaimed defenders of Human Rights pointed a finger towards these American and NATO brutalities in a proper manner and neither did the Security Council ever call a meeting with the intention of condemning the actions of these ruthless American and NATO armies or placing a blame on them!!?
America used every war stratagem through their well-known Generals to win the war in Afghanistan and used 850 billion dollars on its war machine however Allah Almighty defeated and humiliated them despite all these war maneuvers. They failed to make any progress in the war front and according to their own tally; thousands of their soldiers have died in this war, most of which are American.
The Mujahideen not only aborted and scraped every war technique and tactic of America, NATO and their stooges but established their own writ in the vast swaths of Afghanistan, limited and confined the foreign and internal enemy to their bases and government buildings and forced the arrogant enemy to accept the existence and presence of the Islamic Emirate in the political field while openly declaring that they are quitting Afghanistan and want to bring the conflict in Afghanistan to an end through talks.
Bush’s abominable war and repulsive democracy!! proved that they entered Afghanistan with over a hundred thousand troops only to bridge a gap between the Afghans and their religious and national traditions, endanger national unity and the existence of a unified Afghanistan, afflict Afghans with the hardships of poverty and destitution and finally to turn Afghanistan into the oven of fire and gunpowder!!
If America had not implemented these anti-Afghan programs and projects, then let it show what major development projects it has completed except the building of a few kilometers of low quality asphalt roads, most of which are built with the help of other countries? What positive economic changes have they brought into the livelihood of ordinary Afghans not counting those of a few of their own stooges?
On the other hand for the first time in the history of Afghanistan, the current regime in Kabul won first place in corruption, fraud, insufficiency, embezzlement, terror and savagery the foundations of which are laid by America and which is also an important achievement of the American invasion and Bush’s repugnant war.
What is even more fascinating is that after 13 years, the stooge president of the Kabul regime is only now asking America to endeavor wholeheartedly in the redevelopment and economic improvement of Afghanistan and that only at the price of signing the Strategic Partnership Agreement!!
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan strongly condemns the attack and invasion of America, NATO and other tyrannical regimes on October the 7th and considers it a black day like that of the Russian aggression on the 6th of Jaddi . We are immensely thankful to Allah Almighty for the victory which is at hand of the Afghan Mujahid nation and also for the approaching days of the uprooting and abscondence of armies of Bush and its international Taghut from our beloved motherland. May the Merciful Lord Allah Almighty accept all the sacrifices of the Afghans as well as every sacrifice of the Mujahideen their martyrdom in His Supreme Court and may He bring an end to the hardships of the Afghans with the blessing of their blood so they can have glorious Islamic government and breathe serenely.The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
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