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.
January 15, 2010
Last Sunday, the American and Coalition invading troops burnt a copy of the Holy Quran in Darvishan area of Garamsir district, Helmand province. Thousands of residents of this district took to the street on 12.10.2010 to protest against this blasphemous act when the invading troops and their hirelings soldiers opened fire on the demonstrators pointblank. As usual, farcically, they claimed that a sniper from among the demonstrators had fired at them or that the demonstrators had thrown stones at the security department of the district. These are the same hackneyed lies, which the public of the world have been hearing for the last eight years. Last October, the invading Americans committed desecration of the Holy Quran in Wardak province and self-same blasphemous events have taken place in Kandahar and Lghman provinces after which the invaders martyred civilians, protesting against the desecration.
Americans have been trampling down on religious, social, cultural and economic rights of the people under the notorious name of War on Terror in order to bring people under their colonialist tentacles.
The Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan is determined to take its revenge on the Americans and other foreign invaders at the battlefield, for the desecration of the Holy Quran and the martyrdom of the innocent Afghans. God willing, we will give them unforgettable lesson for their crimes. However, we remind the public of the world that the world and Islamic Ummah are grappling with a crisis about their future because of the barbaric tyranny and domineering conduct of America. This crisis will come to an end only when the public of the world and the Islamic Ummmah rise against the anti-human colonialist crimes of America and her invading Allies.
Now it has been proved that the invading Americans tread on the humane and religious values of people in Afghanistan. They are involved in genocide and racial cleansing which resulted in the killing of thousands of civilians in Afghanistan last year.