The Supreme Leader of the Afghan Resistance Movement Taliban has issued a message on the occasion of Eid al-Fitr, the three-day festival which marks the end of the holy month of Ramadan.
In the annual message posted on the Taliban’s website, Mulla Muhammad Omar said that the “unique distinction” of this year’s summer offensive by the Taliban was that it had reached all areas of the country.
He said the offensive compelled NATO and Afghan government troops to adopt defensive positions.
“The (NATO) enemy is not able to take a breath of relief in the main cities, rural areas and even in their barricaded garrisons,” he said.
Attacks by Taliban forces have increased in the past weeks with Afghan regime members turning their weapons on the invaders in an almost weekly basis.
The latest so-called “green-on-blue” attack occurred today when an Afghan policeman killed two US-led invaders in western Afghanistan.
In the past two weeks, Taliban resistance fighters have killed nineteen US invaders, nine of them using infiltrators in the Afghan regime forces.
The Taliban Leader Mulla Muhammad Omar, commenting on the “fruitless conferences” on the Afghan situation among other things said, “The game which has been launched under the name of strategic agreement to sell Afghanistan or is still continuing is not acceptable to the heroic people of Afghanistan. The inking of such documents with a powerless regime installed by them has no legal standing.”
As for talks and negotiations with rival groups within the Afghan nation, Mulla Omar said, “the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) will make efforts to reach an understanding with the Afghan factions in due time following (the) pull-out of the invaders in order to establish an Islamic, all afghans inclusive system, being acceptable to all people and which would pander to the aspirations of the Mujahideen, the martyrs, orphans and widows.”
“Since initial talks have already taken place with the Americans on specific matters and then suspended, I would like to say that our talks and negotiation had not meant submission or abandoning our goals. Rather the step had been taken to initiate exchange of prisoners, open political office and reach our goals,” he further added.
The Taliban have always refused to negotiate directly with the regime of President Hamid Karzai, considering him to be a US stooge.
As for the rights of Afghan women in a Taliban-led Islamic government, Mulla Muhammad Omar said, “We are committed to give all legitimate rights to women in the light of the Islamic principles, national interests and our noble culture.”
“It is a matter of sorrow to say that the common people, particularly women, are grappling with various hardships following the invasion of the invaders. Even many women have immolated themselves or have been martyred miserably or their honor has been violated. Still this brutal trend continues,” he added.
Mulla Muhammad Omar has been the Supreme Leader of the Taliban since its founding in 1994. His whereabouts are unknown since the US invasion of Afghanistan in October 2001.