Statement of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan on the
Occasion of the Eighth Anniversary of the American Attack on Afghanistan
(No Editing; All Mistakes in the original translation, which was also posted to the Taliban's web sites)
*This official communiqué is run unedited for academic and informational purposes only. Any parenthetical notes of mine appear in brackets [ ], and in bold.
Shawwal 17, 1430 A.H, October 07, 2009
In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
Since then until now, eight years have passed during which the American invaders and their allies of crusaders have killed, wounded and driven from homes hundreds of thousands of Afghans including children, women and old men. This sanguinary spree of killing has been continuing. All these Afghans were not involved in the event of New York. The invaders unleashed atrocities on the Afghans and other Muslim freedom-lovers in Guantananmo, Bagram and the Abu Gharib jails that have no precedence in the history.
At the beginning, they were promising, they will withdraw within three months, in their words, after eliminating the so-called terrorism. Contrarily, today eighth years from that times have passed, but they have built up hundreds of military bases in Afghanistan and Iraq. They say that they will raise the level of their troops to almost 110000 troops.
It is clear from this, that they have occupied Afghanistan for the execution of their expansionist plans in the Middle East, Central Asia and the Southeast Asia.
We believed from the day one, that this is not a war between democracy and the so-called war on terrorism but rather a war between the western colonialism and the freedom-loving nationalist and Islamist forces.
In this unequal war, the one side have before them expansionism, colonialism and exploitation as their plans of objectives which they want to achieve by dent of military power through brutality and atrocities.
On the other hand, the other side of the war have their objective of independence, Islamic social justice, human dignity and national identity which they want to achieve through sacrifices and the shedding of their pure blood. We believe in this war between truth and evil, the truth will surely prevail.
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 Afghans are no more ready to believe your empty slogans, nor the world would like to see the globe, plunging into instability and various problems because of your wrong policies.
We announce to all the world, our aim is obtainment of independence and establishment of an Islamic system. We did not have any agenda to harm other countries including Europe nor we have such agenda today.
Still if you want to turn the country of the proud and pious Afghans into a colony, then know that we have an unwavering determination and have braced for a prolonged war. Have a glance at the history, the Afghans are the people characterized by historical distinction of always sacrificing in the way of their religion and country. Today, we will not fall short of this.
Forward for Establishment of an Independent Islamic System.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan
(Issued October 7, 2009)