Taliban denounce Kabul meeting as sign of failure
Last Updated: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:32
  
Kabul: The Taliban denounced this week's international conference on Afghanistan's future, saying the "vague and terrible agenda" shows that the US and its allies intend to abandon the country and blame their ultimate defeat on the Afghan government.

Representatives of the US and 60 other countries met on Tuesday to endorse President Hamid Karzai's plan for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014. Karzai also urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through his government.

In a statement posted in English on their website, the Taliban said the conference showed that the US "has lost the initiatives and is unable to resolve Afghanistan issue”. The statement was distributed to news organisations by the SITE Intelligence Group that monitors extremist communications.

"Whatever actions are taken in this regard have already been doomed to a failure," the statement said. "It is evident from the vague and terrible agenda of the conference ... that America and the international community intend to pull out of Afghanistan" and blame "a the coming destruction's, humiliation and defeat on Kabul puppet regime”, meaning the Karzai administration.

A massive security crackdown prevented the Taliban from launching any major attacks in the capital during the conference.

However, rockets fired at the Kabul airport on Tuesday forced the plane carrying UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt to divert to Bagram Air Field north of the city.

The Taliban said the attack "turned the moments of peace and safety of the US invaders into disaster" and left conference participants "scared to death”.

Also on Wednesday, NATO said insurgents beheaded six Afghan policemen after attacking their checkpoint in northern Afghanistan the day before. The coalition said militants attacked a number of government buildings and the checkpoint on Tuesday in Baghlan province's Dahanah-ye Ghori district. The attackers overran the checkpoint and decapitated the six policemen, NATO said.

PTI


First Published: Thursday, July 22, 2010, 11:32


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