Post-9/11 Afghan war `stigma` on West: Taliban

Last Updated: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 22:33

Kabul: The post-9/11 invasion of Afghanistan
by the US and its allies "will remain a permanent stigma on
the face of Western democracy", the Taliban said on Saturday.

The Islamist grouping, which refused to give up al Qaeda
leader Osama Bin Laden in the wake of the outrage 10 years ago
Sunday, also said the people of Afghanistan had "endless
stamina for a long war" and would "send the Americans to the
dustbin of history".

In a long statement issued in Persian and English, the
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan said the attacks on the US in
2001 had been used, unjustly, as a "pretext" for the
subsequent invasion of Afghanistan

"Each year, the 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in
which they had no role whatsoever, but, using this as a
pretext and a clout, the American colonialism shed blood of
tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans. Still the
atrocity has been continuing," the English language version
said.

The Taliban had called for an "impartial" investigation
into the events of 9/11 but the US and its allies had instead
responded by "sending cruise missiles, poisonous and depleted
uranium embedded weapons instead", it said.

"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.

"Children, old men, women and even infant of a few days
are among the victims. They destroyed our villages, orchards,
standing plantations and even townships under the unjustified
name of war on terror."

"They have been keeping thousands of Afghans in detention
at Guantanamo, Bagram and Kandahar prisons and at Shindand,
Nangarhar, Mazar-i-sharif, Khust and other bases where they
are brutally tortured. Tens of best sons of this land have
breathed their last under torture.

"We urge all concerned circles of the world to press on
the war-mongering American colonialist rulers to desist from
gobbling down our land and natural resources under the
so-called unjustified name of terrorism.

"Otherwise, the Afghans have an endless stamina for a
long war and, perceivably through a country-wise uprising,
will send the Americans to the dustbin of the history like
they did send other empires of the past to such a destination.
(Inshallah)."

A decade of fighting in Afghanistan began with Operation
Enduring Freedom and snowballed into a huge effort currently
involving around 140,000 troops from 48 countries.

Launched a month after the 9/11 attacks, the US-led
military campaign under president George W Bush was designed
to topple the Taliban and ensure al Qaeda could no longer use
Afghanistan as a safe haven.

Of 100,000 US troops in Afghanistan, 33,000 will leave by
mid-2012, even as a still-potent Taliban insurgency is focused
on headline-grabbing suicide attacks against government
officials and foreign targets.

In 10 years of conflict, battlefield successes have ebbed
and flowed for the troops, who invaded the country on October
7, 2001 alongside the anti-Taliban mujahedeen, driving the
Taliban from Kabul by early December.

PTI



First Published: Saturday, September 10, 2011 - 19:19

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