No role in 9/11 attacks: Taliban
Last Updated: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 19:14
  
Washington: The Taliban have said that their movement had no role in the 9/11 terror attacks and accused the United States of using the incident to invade Afghanistan where they have killed tens of thousands of innocent Afghans.

In a defiant statement emailed to media, the Taliban accused the US of using the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan. It said the international community was responsible for killing thousands of Afghans during the invasion and ensuing occupation of the country.

The statement comes as the United States remembers the events of 10 years ago and officials warn of a "credible" threat of another attack on American soil.

"Each year, 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in which they had no role whatsoever," the Taliban said. "American colonialism has shed the blood of tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans."

The Taliban's statement says the Afghan people have "an endless stamina for a long war" and could rise up as a nation "to send the Americans to the dustbin of history."

"It will remain a permanent stigma on the face of the Western democracy that America and her allies martyred tens of thousands of Muslims under the pretext of this ambiguous and murky event," the statement says, referring to 9/11.

The US and international forces have lost almost 2,700 lives in Afghanistan, more than 1,700 of them American.

Figures released by the United Nations mission in Afghanistan for the first six months of this year showed 1,462 civilians had died, with anti-government insurgents responsible for 80 per cent of the killings.

While air strikes were the leading cause of civilian deaths at the hands of international forces, the majority of those who died as a result of insurgent action were killed by homemade explosive devices and suicide attacks, the CNN quoted a report from the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan as saying.

The United States and its allies invaded Afghanistan on October 7, 2001, after the Taliban, who then ruled the country, refused to hand over al Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden.

Taliban leaders granted bin Laden sanctuary in Afghanistan for several years, despite US demands for his extradition over previous terror attacks, and declined to hand him over when he became the main suspect in the 9/11 attacks.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, September 11, 2011, 19:12


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