Afghan Taliban Say They Have No International Agenda
Posted on Oct 7, 2009
The U.S. has been fighting in Afghanistan for eight years. To mark the anniversary, the Afghan Taliban asserted themselves via an Internet statement Wednesday, claiming they had—and have—no intention of attacking other countries, but they will continue to fight against Western colonizers as long as they occupy the country. —KA
AP via Google News:
The Taliban called on foreign forces to leave, an unlikely event despite heated debate in the U.S. over how to quell the conflict.
“We call on the American rulers and their allies of the coalition once again to put an end to the game of occupying Afghanistan and killing the Afghans under unsubstantiated pretexts,” the statement said.
“At the beginning, they were promising they will withdraw within three months, in their words, after eliminating the so-called terrorism,” the statement said, referring to U.S. forces. “Contrarily, today, eight years (later) ... they have built up hundreds of military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq.”
“We believed from day one that this is not a war between democracy and the so-called terrorism, but rather a war between the Western colonialism and the freedom-loving nationalist and Islamist forces,” the statement said.
AP / Brennan Linsley
Foreign occupiers?: U.S. Marines, shown in Oct. 2 photo, run for cover after it appeared the Taliban were zeroing in on the Marines’ position in southern Afghanistan.