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.
The statement is about Helmand Province, where NATO, led by the United States, has launched a massive offensive on Taliban strongholds in Marjah.
February 16, 2010
After the beginning of the military operation in Marja by the invaders, their advancement has been stalled by local Mujahideen in the area. According to reports, Mujahideen have started coordinated tip and run operations against the enemy not only in Marja but also in all other districts of Helmand province.
According to Yousef Ahmadi, spokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, Mujahideen attacked enemy forces at Loi Char Rahi, Block Nokaro Char Rahi and Camp areas. They are under siege now. The enemy wanted their infantry to join air-borne marines descended behind the lines. But Mujahideen, using there past experience, foiled the enemy efforts and besieged them. In another attack in Safun and Wakil Wazir areas, Mujahideen destroyed 7 tanks of the enemy and killed 25 invaders.
Report further say that Mujahideen are attacking enemy mobile patrol all throughout the area as per tactical plan already worked out by Mujahideen. The Mujahideen also penetrated into areas behind the enemy places of gatherings and they are attacking them from the back.
Earlier, enemy launched attacks from the side of Nawar and Shirn Jan Char Rahi but they faced planted land mines and lost a number of tanks and anti-mine vehicles. Similarly, in Aibadullah Qulp, Shamlan and Qari Sadi areas, near the center of Majah, enemy troops were killed as a result of incessant guerillah attacks of Mujahideen and planted mines.
The Mujahideen have deployed special martyrdom-seeking teams in all areas of the enemy gathering.
Local commanders of Mujahideen are implementing the vast and long-term tactical plan of attacks hammered out by the military commission of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. The aim is to entangle the enemy in long-term battles. Mujahideen are coordinating their operations on the basis of the war plan.
Ironically, the enemy is exacting revenge on the civilians after facing defeat at the hand of the Mujahideen.
They attack villages and people houses with mortar rounds and missiles. So far enemy have martyred 17 civilians in two separate incidents. 12 civilians were killed in a blind missile attack on residential area while, in a night raid on Qari Sadi village, near the center of Marja, enemy troops opened fire on members of a family, killing five persons on the spot. Later, they took 15 innocent villagers to their bases.