Below is a statement from the Afghan Taliban, which refers to itself as the "Islamic Emirate [state] of Afghanistan" (as it did in the 1990s). The statement is run without edits.
Response of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan to Banki Moon Assertions About Civilian Casualties in Afghanistan
Muharram 21, 1431 A.H, January 7, 2010
In the name of Allah, the Merciful, the Compassionate
UN Secretary General Bank Moon, in his recent assertions, has said that almost twenty per cent of civilian casualties in Afghanistan are caused by American and her Allies firing and eighty percent are caused by the Armed Opposition. His assertions come to the open amidst repots of people’s demonstrations and protests in Afghanistan against civilian casualties perpetrated by Americans.
Ironically, the Head of an August World Body like UNO, who claims being neutral, brazenly tramples down on UNO principles of neutrality through his remarks in order to please the White House rulers.
We ask Bank Moon , who martyred schools students, the adolescents in Narang district of Kunar province, nearly one week ago?
Memory of gruesome events of civilian casualties (at the hand of the invaders) in Farah, Shin Dand, Kunduz, Dehrawood where hundreds of miserable Afghans were killed, are still fresh among our people.
Bank Moon should once sneak a look at the Pentagon to see that two departments under the name of Psychological Warfare and Lies Fabrication Department are now part and parcel of the official organizational set-up of the ministry. The Psychological Warfare Department teaches troops to kill civilians in order to create shock and awe in their hearts so they submit to the troops without demur. Whereas the Department of Lies Fabrication instructs the soldiers to spread lies against the enemy in media and among the people so that they distance themselves from the enemy and nurture hatred against them. There is the secret of victory in doing so, it maintains.
It is a matter of pondering whether Mr. Banki Moon is acting intentionally or unintentionally in favor of the above-mentioned departments. This is because he, sometimes, gives expression to words which does not suit his position and neutral status.
We want to remind Mr. Secretary General, UNO, that according to a recent analysis of war analysts in Pentagon, America has lost initiatives against Taliban because Taliban leadership have instructed their followers in Afghanistan to deal gently with the common people. “That is why, we were not able to tip them against Taliban,” the report adds. “However, henceforth, America should put the blame of civilian casualties on Taliban in order to make people distance themselves from Taliban and that they may nurture hatred in their hearts against them.”
So Banki Moon should have a look at his surrounding before making such remarks – to see what is surreptitiously going on (in his back yard). Similarly, Banki Moon and his employers should know that the Afghan people and the Mujahideen have vast work experience of three decades war. They know all games and ploys of colonialism. None can deceive them through politically-motivated and demagogue statements. You should also know that partial judgment and blind support of one side and condemnation of the other only irreparably harms your credibility which will surely result into playing havoc with your standing in the world, particularly, in Afghanistan.
Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan