December 30th, 2009
10:50 AM ET

In year-end message, Taliban calls 2009 'successful'

KABUL, Afghanistan - In a written statement, the Taliban calls 2009 "a successful year for mujahedeen" and says it is determined to drive coalition forces out of Afghanistan in 2010.

"Last year the guerrilla warfare, frontline war, attacks and road mines against the invaders increased as the enemy began to cry out for reconciliation," said the statement, obtained by CNN on Wednesday.

"The enemy does not have a constant policy," the unsigned statement said. "Sometimes they talk about sending more soldiers and other times they speak of an early withdrawal. Their thinking is irrational."

This is the latest example that the Taliban has stepped up its propaganda efforts in recent months. The group launched a Web site in Pashto, Dari and English. It also released a 37-minute documentary in English on Christmas,  purportedly showing a captured American soldier in Afghanistan.

According to the year-end message, another success was that Afghan citizens did not participate in the "fraudulent elections, taking the guidance of the mujahedeen; so their elections failed."

Afghan President Hamid Karzai was reelected in August in a national election that was marred by voter fraud and rigging at the polls. Karzai was sworn into office in November for another term, but is under intense pressure to wipe out the corruption that runs rampant in Afghanistan.

In past years, the Taliban said, the United Nations, Europe and the West have been compelled to accept their power and influence. "The world that once believed the Islamic Emirate was not influential has now accepted us as the powerful and political Afghan mujahedeen."

U.S. President Barack Obama has announced that he will send more troops to Afghanistan, the statement noted, and "the Islamic Emirate also announced widespread operations in the country starting in April 2010."

The statement tallied up the organization's death tolls and other statistics for 2009, saying that 540 insurgents were killed and injured; 5,587 foreign soldiers were killed or injured; 2,049 local police were injured; 7,254 local police were killed; 44 aircraft were downed; and 3,667 vehicles were damaged.

"Unfortunately in airstrikes and shootings by the invaders, hundreds of innocent Afghan civilians have been injured or killed," the statement said. "For example, in the Farah and Kunduz attacks, 500 civilians died including women and children."

That number is far above the deaths acknowledged by the U.S. military. In the May 4 incident in Farah province, at least 26 civilians and 78 Taliban were killed, according to a report released after an investigation. However, investigators said they will never be able to determine with certainty the civilian deaths, mainly because of the Islamic practice of quick burial.

An airstrike ordered by German forces over the northern province of Kunduz in September killed at least 90 people, according to reports at the time. Germany's Bild newspaper later reported 142 were killed. Local officials said at least half of them were civilians, and NATO acknowledged there were civilian deaths. Franz Josef Jung, a former German defense minister and labor minister, resigned in November over the airstrike.

The Taliban "is determined to use modern techniques against international coalition forces in 2010 to compel the warriors of the White House and Brussels (Belgium) to escape from Afghanistan," the statement said.

- CNN's Atia Abawi and Journalist Matiullah Mati contributed to this report.

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  1. USA

    Now I know why we "the rest of the world" regard Americans as IGNORANT FOOLS....You have not even been anywhere outside the US hence your comments on this forum are so lame and vain. You post lightweight comments which are bias and misconstrued...You talk about these mid-east people as terrorists, you generalize your perception towards them, are they all Talibans? Hell NO! You ingest what your SuperHero Government tells you, You see yourselves as saviours of the world when you cannot even defeat the Talibans. You thought it was gonna be a WALKOVER? Thats Ignorance...One question....Dont you think American need be educated? Travel round the world and explore new things, visit places, know people of this world, respect and be respected....You are No better than the Taliban, everyone is equal here on earth...Live and Let people live in peace and stop invading peoples privacy and way of life and governance. You want cheap OIL? Thats not the way to go about it, Why did nt you invade Zimbabwe all this time? Because you had nothing to gain there. Typical American mentality...You aint winning this war....Hope you regret invading other countries. And one final lesson.
    Review your Foreign Policies and let peace reign. Thats the simple ANSWER!!!
    Long Live the Underachiveing States of Autocracy

    January 4, 2010 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  2. Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, B.A. J.D.

    The US National debt has doubled over this moronic exercise in "herding cats" in Afghanistan. Winning the war in Afghanistan is simple. Let us now destroy the enemy's ability to pay and to supply it's troops. All that is required is for the USDA to "improve" a variety of biological viral, fungal and insectivorous threats to the opium poppy. We ought to all be ashamed about how we conquered the Native Americans, by making the Buffalo extinct on the range so that the Indians would starve and be dependent upon food aid from the USA. But this paradigm works! We Destroyed the Axis by destroying their resources of fuel and food. The GAR thumped the much more able generals of the Confederacy not by winning battles, but by sinking supply ships, burning crops, and ripping railroads and telegraph lines out of the ground.

    January 3, 2010 at 9:21 pm | Report abuse |
  3. bigshot

    the islamic calendar has also just ended a few days ago. I think that if no years were referred to, its the end of the islamic year 1430 that is being spoken of. News and videos sometimes take a lot of time to be aired. Also, time is required to analyse the year, since work continued throughout.

    January 3, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M.Shahjahan Bhatti

    Narco-kleptrocacy feeds media in the region. Americans can not buy all of them. The only out is to annihilate al-Qaeda followers among people of the region. Of course militants have agents in the mainstream media that shows anger on use of Drones rather than condemning citizenry that follows al-Qaeda.

    January 3, 2010 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. ralph Petrillo

    It is kind of strange that first the Russians were in Afghanistan for ten years, and the US supplied the the weapons to the Taliban, and now it is the U>S. fighting against weapons that the Russians supply. There is no oil in Afghanistan, and they are basically an agricultural society, so what gives. It seems that it is possible that both the old Soviet Union and the United States reached a prior commitment to ten year engagements. There really is no need for further examination. WHo in their right mind wants anything from Afghanistan. the public knew the U.S government was upset for Sixty Minutes ran a segment showing a women killed by the Taliban and that they did not have respect for women's rights. So first the U.S invades Iraq based on Hussein building weapons which later turned out to be false. We spend a trillion dollars on our military system, and now we are trying to ambush the Afghans with a one year to two year effort to show our determination. It would be far easier to allow them to govern and to hire revolutionaries and let them retreat from governing. It is far easier to attack then to govern in Afghanistan. President Obama seems confused at best with his new policy. It is very similar to the Bush policy. We are going to spend approximately $ 200 billion more for the next one to two years with no real l results. Maybe the Russians can pull in for ten more years in the next Chapter on war. Talk about world mind control. Meanwhile the U.S. il companies are not even winning the rights to the oil fields where the U.S has fought in iraq. Talk about confusing behavior.

    January 2, 2010 at 11:02 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Revo Lucien

    Our women have it worse than women in Afghanistan. Lets lose the "White mans burden" save the women and children stuff. My daughter is probably safer walking into a school in Afghanistan than she would be at a park unattended for one hour in any major city in the U.S. In addition, while I am no fan of the Burqa, I think it is equally if not more sad that our U.S women are reduced to mere pieces of meat who must find ever more creative ways to show their bodies to strangers, in the name of fashion, because men in in our culture will not espect them, promote them, or marry them based on their character or intellect, particularly if they don't have the perfect shape, the ideal weight, or find themselves outside of their twenties. Have at me, but I am right! God bless and save America, and please hurry!

    January 2, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Revo Lucien

    We are losing! This "war" will never succeed as history tells us that all imperialist empires eventually collapse (As ours is doing) under the weight of debt that comes from trying to extend their reach and influence. Instead of trying to impose our lifestyle and culture on others, which includes the worlds highest percentage of molestors, rapists, violent criminals,murderers, and the mirage of economic security built on a foundation of debt, why don't we put the billions of dollars, our technoligial and logistical know how, and the hundreds of thousands of committed although miss-directed soldiers to work rebuilding our country, securing our borders, and making the streets safe at night. Stop drinking the cool aid, these boogeyman stories have been used to scare uninformed citizens into accepting anything from politicians and those that benefit from war for centuries.Have at me, but I am right! God bless and save America!

    January 2, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  8. AMIN

    Better leave that country before JUDGEMENT DAY. Some of you say they are living in caves. That sounds pretty stupid when the Taliban control over 80% of the country. American can't win this war or any other war because America is only fighting for Oil and to stop the spread of Islam. Both of these things are Immoral to be fighting for. Judgement is soon to come down on America for all the evils done to other countries. Stop worrying about other people all the way across the globe and worry about your own selves. Worry about the real perpetrators of 911. No so called terrorist committed 911. It was your own government.

    January 2, 2010 at 2:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. larry coffey

    to whomever it concerns im after the enemy that controls your mind. their will be world peace ,this is my mission and the negative energy knows who i am, come out and fight me like a man and watch my god destroy you in jesus name amen

    January 2, 2010 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  10. ME

    Terrorist = Coward...

    You can run, but you cant hide. Were going to find you. They call themselves soldiers, but they set bombs on timers and run away. They blow up cars as we drive by, but they are long gone. Stay and fight like soldiers do. WE HAVE & WILL CONTINUE TO DO SO!!!!

    January 2, 2010 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
  11. Nathan

    Hurry and set up the moon base. It will be another two centuries before I will have worry about any radical muslim finding their way to the moon. They can hardly find a donkey cart to hide a bomb in.

    January 2, 2010 at 1:52 am | Report abuse |
  12. Vijai

    How about sending all the Taliban idiots to Gunatanamo? These idiots are getting worse day by day. What kind of Islamic nonsesne are they preaching? Their ridiculous behaviour entails them to a free life membership to the Idiots Hall of Fame, a cartoon everyday all the way from Mohammed the idiotic prophet to everyone of those idiotic mullahs, Ahmadnejad, the Nigerian mullahs, the Somali nut cases. The world is just fed up with these clowns. When will the leaders of the free world put an end to this insanity by these Islamic dingbats?

    January 2, 2010 at 12:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. scott

    Talibans are cowards because they plant bombs and sucide assualts, but we are not because we fire from drones and push buttons from 10,000 miles away.

    January 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm | Report abuse |
  14. khan

    Americans and western forces cant win in Afghanistan..unless they learn Pashto.

    January 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  15. ziad

    It is a New Year and a New Day. Some time is essential to reexamine what we are doing, where we want to go and what we want to accomplish. In life, nothing comes without a price. When you go shopping before you buy an item, you check the price to see if its worth it to you. And what is worth it to one individual may not be worth it to another. Before you travel any road, you need to make up your mind where you want to end up. As for me and I am sure for most of you, the road that I want to be on is one of prosperity where my standard of living will be better than my parents and my childrens standard of livings will be better than mine. I fear the apposite is hapenning as a result of some disgeniune people who do not have this country best interest in mind. Those who control the masses always focus on the symptoms but never on the root causes that lead to the symptoms. I like anyone else of course would like everyone to see the world from my focal perspective but than at what price. If the price for imposing our will on other nations is 10% unemployement, people losing there homes etc... is this really worth it. Remember, no one just wake up one day and say gee I think I will be come a terrorist. It is a world of injustice that causes that. I fear the die has been cast and I fear that Osama has accomplished his vision beyond his wildest dream by bankrupting this nation. We now owe Trillions upon Trillions of dollars to outsiders. If you have home mortgage it most likely funded by chinese money. We owe so much to the outside world, that if there was a critical event that causes the credibility of the dollar to fall, that this might trigger a domino effect and a massive tsunami where everyone dumps the dollar rendering it worthless. Yet we have solders in afghansitan costing us one Million per solder. How can we ever win a war with such lopsided numbers.

    Why are the terrorist not attacking china? We need to adopt the policy of china which is our citizens come first. I fear it wont be long now before the pendelum forever swing where we become a me too nation and china becomes the greatest nation on earth.

    And lastly we need to go back to our roots and become a just nation. We impose sanctions against iran for not adhering to united nation resolutions. Yet we let other nations such as Israel ignore such resolutions and even give them arms. We are getting on the case of a nation of 60 Million for wanting a nuclear weapon, yet we let a nation of 4 Million possess nuclear arms. Unfortunately there is reason and logic for all of that. This nation is being ruled via economic and media and poltical power by people who put the interest of Israel before that of this country. And unless the massess wake up and put stop to this, I fear we are going down the drain.

    January 1, 2010 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  16. Jester

    its not the Taliban that have done well.. sadly a lot of dead terrain has given away by Americans as part of some strategy

    January 1, 2010 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  17. AK

    I have an idea for a year end celebration for the taliban...come out and fight like men instead of shooting and running away like cowards. Your so called "after life" will be hand delivered by soldiers like me.

    January 1, 2010 at 5:22 am | Report abuse |
  18. govsks

    The more terrorist we kill the better. Lets get the job done right and finish them all off.
    They kill innocent people every day! What the !@#$% kind of religion is that to believe in?!

    January 1, 2010 at 1:33 am | Report abuse |
  19. DigiNaz

    Wow, forget the article and Taliban claims, what came out from the comments is that we think just like Talibans as well, I mean like barbarians – nuke then, destroy them, kill them etc etc. The only difference is we have better guns that can kill far easily. The underlying mentality and thinking is the same or worse.

    I think in the process both of us will destroy each other, they will be killed and done, we will be bankrupt and done... And "someone else" like China or Russia will take full advantage of the situation to create our demise and enable their rise to the power. No wonder both those nations are just sitting there watching us kill ourselves.

    And the ones who will pretend to claim that China won't survive without US are dillusional. They have "loaned" us a Trillion dollars hard cash and have better and much bigger market worldwide. We are only a mere 300 million ppl who dont even have much buying power left among us. Anyway... lets go crazy and talk crap through our keyboards and pretend we are all that! Its only a matter of time when we get hit with reality that we wont be able to stomach, afterall we haven't realized nothing and care not to learn.

    Happy new year!

    December 31, 2009 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  20. Mike

    Echong, tell that to the people who losted their lives in the 9/11 attacks, the countless people who have losted their lives in that war that, if we pull out now without Osamas head then what was the point of that, it's like saying we went over there for nothing.
    OK go over to the middle east and control them, just try to do that, because i garuntee that you're going to fail instantly.

    Second off, forget the strategy, just bomb them nonstop, none one in the middle east can be trusted, If I'm being offensive to anyone I'm sorry, but anyone of there could be a member of the terorrist society, Man, Woman, Child, doesn't matter. So saving someone who llooks harmless doesn't mean they aren't harmfull. For cryin out loud the Doctor at Fort Hood, an American Solider betraying the country he fights for, THAT'S THE PERFECT EXAMPLE OF NOT BEING ABLE TO TRUST THEM! I know it sounds like I'm being offensive to those who are seriously innocent but how can you blame me.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:16 pm | Report abuse |
  21. Echong

    Let me first say, I respect everyone's right to voice their opinion. Thank you for allowing me to voice mine.

    It's really sad that this type of discussion even has to be had. But – after reading the stupid remarks from the war mongers and defense contractors – I just have to say this.

    LOVE is an answer, so is violence and death. But the correct outcome is to LIVE TOGETHER IN HARMONY! ANY intelligent rational person can see that Hatred and Love are a choice. – The Taliban uses fear and hatred to incite violence and death. When you HATE them back – you only feed the fires of hatred and that only gives them exactly what they want.

    Love for one another is something that should be cultivated – but that's what HAS to happen on this planet and soon. I suggest anyone who doesn't want to live like this leave and find another place to live on in hate.- How about Venus!

    Mankind will NOT SURVIVE if we still have this STUPID WAR MENTALITY on this planet for too much longer. All of mankind must work together and stop the childish squabbling, greed based hypocritical, violence, and general STUPID behavior, it's everywhere!

    We have bigger issues then dealing with these poor misguided fools but I fear no one will do anything about it until it's way too late.

    As long as we have a Media that is selfishly driven by greed and the sensationalism of drama, we will continue to see more...drama.

    When the pain of the drama becomes too much for the media, it might change, but until the masses that are sheepishly following, education and enlightenment are encouraged and needed.

    The responsibility lies within each of us and when I see hate speech taunted as being patriotic – it makes me realize how uneducated and STUPID some people really are.

    The world isn't perfect and neither is mankind but giving into darkness and hatred will not solve your personal self loathing or hatred for anyone else. Before you bash ANYONE for endorsing LOVE, look at your own mother and think about life. It's better to LOVE period.

    But – if you must hate yourself, please hate yourself quietly and then kill yourself since you don't want to make this reality any better. We ALL live here – get right or get out – that goes for the Taliwankers, Rush heads, Republicants, player haters, and war mongers!

    It's time to take control of this planet from the haters and legal criminals that have ravaged this planet without regards for consequences for greedy and selfish reasons. Yes, if you make over 200,000.00 a year – I'm talking about you too. There's NO REASON anyone should make more money than anyone else, it's a bad example on values when we are ALL EQUAL IN GODS EYES!

    December 31, 2009 at 3:08 pm | Report abuse |
  22. anonomous

    I'd like to see what would happen if they were taunted to do all their fighting by direct combat instead of suicide bombings and land mines. Send them a video implying "cowardice of hiding behind your land mines" and see if they show themselves a little more.

    December 31, 2009 at 11:31 am | Report abuse |
  23. Griff

    I still can't figure out why that entire region isn't already a casino resort...

    December 31, 2009 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  24. rajathooja

    in response to this post:
    "I wonder if burning so many girls schools is measured as success?

    Posted by: Big Bob"

    The real question is: what was going on at the schools that were burned that bothered the Taliban so much....

    December 31, 2009 at 8:07 am | Report abuse |
  25. MILNEWS.ca

    Hmmmm – About this bit: "Whatever the Taliban are, oppressive, backwards, etc.. you can't deny em' credit for fighting like "men" on the battlefield." The United Nations says seven ut of every ten civilians killed in Afghanistan in 2009 were killed by the Taliban and other insurgents – you call that "fighting like men"?

    December 31, 2009 at 6:33 am | Report abuse |
  26. A. Nicole

    First off, Thank you Bob Dole. Being a soldier in Afghanistan, I'd like to think we are making a difference. Talking with the women and children I come into contact with every day has changed my mind about this war. Yes, I'm sure some are upset that we are here, but everyone I've talked to thanks us for coming. Thanks us for trying to make their cities and homes safer. They are afraid of the Taliban, and we're here fighting them. We're here to give their children a better future, and secure the peaceful society that they deserve which will help the rest of the world. I'm more then willing to be here to help the people that I've met, and I know other soldiers are too.
    Thank you for everyone that supports us, we appreciate it more then you know.

    December 31, 2009 at 4:25 am | Report abuse |
  27. Alpha/Omega

    That's right you old Taliban, you just keep on thinkin that, cause old Mother Nature has got a real nice surprise for you. So, you just keep on pursing your lips forward with all your rants and raves.

    December 31, 2009 at 3:17 am | Report abuse |
  28. barbara

    I truly believe the only answer for winning in Afganastan is to remove every single woman and child from that country and spend the money that you spend on war on relocating every woman and child. There would be no more country if woman don't give birth and no children would be indoctrinate into the war. The country will then be men fighting against men until they run out of bodies and no woman to abuse.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:36 pm | Report abuse |
  29. bob

    taliban were not successful in their attacks, and the US army needs to bomb the heck out of the caves they're hiding in. ALOT of musilim people have backward thinking, its just ridiculous. It doesn't matter that much but just leave the rest of the world alone. You don't need the quoran, or the bible or whatever to live your life but its up to you. Taliban though are a group almost no one wants,even afghanistan people Ive met hate the taliban for their extreme thinking. They need to get their arses kickeddd and the country needs to be returned to the people. But the MAIN problem with their country is that the religion and government needs to be SEPARATED. If they did that then all their freaking problems would be solved.

    December 30, 2009 at 10:35 pm | Report abuse |
  30. hmmm

    Whatever the Taliban are, oppressive, backwards, etc.. you can't deny em' credit for fighting like "men" on the battlefield. Like the comedian Bill Maher once said on his show, Politically Incorrect (before he was blackmailed and boycotted for speaking the truth), cowardly is when you shoot missles and bombs from thousands of feet/miles from land, air, or sea, ie. cia drones, cruise missles, helicopters, jets, ships, etc. from the comfort of your armchair. You end up killing babies, children, and other unarmed because you lacked the courage to face your opponent on the ground, like a real warrior. Where's the bravery in that?

    December 30, 2009 at 10:27 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Sara

    This is just another blood for oil war. This whole terrorist Al-Qaeda crap is a show to continue a war. Do you think the US wants to end terrorism??no way The big cats in the White House make money out of this little play and out of wars. Many people just are too stupid to think and see how history repeats itself. I want all troops out of Afghanistan.The people in Afghanistan need to be left alone, they have such a rich history but of course many idiots here won't know anything about that. Most people are just too busy being war mongers.

    December 30, 2009 at 8:16 pm | Report abuse |
  32. juego_maestro@hotmail.com

    ETHAN! You say we are guilty of our own crimes? You think in world war II we did not kill innocent people? Anyone that supports them, that houses with them is our enemy. If the taliban uses them as human shields than that is the same as the taliban murdering them. I would skin, torture, and leave to rot each one of those low lifes. They are just jealous. All this propraganda bs is just act of desperation.

    December 30, 2009 at 7:26 pm | Report abuse |
  33. lstro

    This article is all the more reason why these people will never get it. They are not interested in a better future for their kids nor are they interested in world peace. They live and act like savages and quite frankly it's not worth losing lives for their benefit. Once we find Bin Laden, however long it may take we should not waste our time with these people. If they want to travel dirt roads, live in mud huts and caves, refuse to send their kids to school, no rights for women. It's their problems not ours.

    December 30, 2009 at 5:50 pm | Report abuse |
  34. patricjft

    So, is this the Bob Dole, or somebody posting as Bob Dole or someone posting a quote from Bob Dole?

    I wish Bob Dole were our current presidient.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  35. Bob Dole

    The way to win the war, is to first win the hearts and minds of the people. You can kill a million times over and still one thing will remain, the Idea. The Idea is the key, bullets will not kill the idea, Minds will. Change the perception of the Idea, win the hearts and minds of the people, lead by example. Saturate them with new Ideas, overwhelm them with presence of personel, entertwine there ways with ours. Make the black and the white Grey. This is the only way to truely Kill a Idea. And that Idea my friends is of a Hoakie False man made religion that rules on opressing and supressing the excell of Knowledge and expanding the uderstandings of Men. Trust me. If we dont win this war, by us simply being there and sheading our blood, there minds will be changed for ever and will be there undoing. You can only live in a box for so long before you realize its a box. If your not going to send in 1million troops to saturate the Idea and kill it. Pull out and let our ashes do it for us. America is for Americans, I am proud to be an American.

    Bob Dole.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:44 pm | Report abuse |
  36. bill

    nuclear weapons? lets level them before emmigration brings them here.....look at england

    December 30, 2009 at 4:29 pm | Report abuse |
  37. mike in oregon

    Is everyone brain dead? This war is about poppies. Yes, folks, opium. Follow the money. Where does the money come from to fight us? opium. Opium grows in fields, easily spotted by satelite. Easily wiped out by roundup etc not to mention napalm. We are helping the right people be in charge of the poppies. A drug war so to speak. Until we wipe out the poppies year after year this won't go away.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:28 pm | Report abuse |
  38. Bolondron

    What is the point of this end of year free advertising for the F... Taliban by CNN. Are they competing with Aljazeera?

    December 30, 2009 at 4:21 pm | Report abuse |
  39. Julie Labrouste

    News media should never publish anything that terrorists want to say. By publishing this story, and any like it, CNN is showing their lack of journalistic integrity. Publishing this story is no different than publishing Nazi propaganda during WWII. It's clearly wrong and yet they still do it, and do it for one reason, to make more money. The news media hasn't had any real integrity since Ed Murrow left the business.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Proud to Be an American

    Well Gary if your so ashamed to be an American then here's a suggestion...LEAVE. We are not perfect, but I will always be a proud American even in these difficult times.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. patricjft

    LInda S. Powell,

    No, we put Japanese Americans in camps instead....

    We only kill innocents when the target hides behind them or within them. We never target innocent civilians. If a civilian allows an enemy to hide among them, are they really innocent anyway?

    The terrorists target innocents. Terrorism (my definition): an act of violence with the intent to kill innocent civilians.

    December 30, 2009 at 4:06 pm | Report abuse |
  42. patricjft

    Kanchan,

    I think you are not giving us nearly the credit we deserve. We are fighting this war on many fronts. One of them with lots of love. We are aiding in the rebuilding of infrastructure which includes schools. We are doing are best to provide the people of Afghanistan with the opportunity to become an educated people. But, we can not ignore those of the Taliban who wish to engage in violence. The only way to stop them is to kill them. This is proved over and over again. Include all of our efforts undertaken by our brave men and women before you comment.

    Everyone measures their own success in their own way. Ask anyone to give a self assessment of their success and it will most likely be very different from the actual level of success they have achieved. I don't believe the UN's numbers any more than I believe the Taliban's numbers.

    We need to finish what we started in Afghanistan before we leave. We would be doing a terrible disservice to the average citizen to just pack up and go home before we have finished what we came to do. Until they have a stable government and police/military that can protect that government and it's people, we have no choice but to stay. Regardless of how you feel about why we went there in the first place, we have to finish what we started now.

    As far as being safer since 9/11, how can anyone argue that we are not? We have thwarted many attempts, none have been successful on domestic soil since 9/11. Name one US citizen that has been a victim of a terrorist attack on our soil since 9/11. There are none. How could anyone not see that as being safer?

    December 30, 2009 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Linda S. Powell

    Let's protect America:
    First fire Janet Napolitan, take the CIA out of the mix, some of them should loose jobs as well.
    Second, stop bombing Yemen. Those people are centuries behind the western world, still using donkeys for transportation. Killing innocents ( which always happen) breeds more suicide bombers and doesn't solve our problem.
    Third stop international flights into the US until the war is over. Use military personnel to screen travelers on all other flights. Don't racial profile (you didn't put German Americans in camps dring WWII did you). Close America's borders to everyone until the war is over.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  44. hammondrofWI

    Of course the Taliban calls 2009 successful. What else would they say? Doesn't mean it's so.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:40 pm | Report abuse |
  45. JustinF

    ethan

    you are grossly underestiomating the government if you think we arent safer now. The only area we are truly lacking in is cyber-security. Which these cavemen don't understand anyways. You act like this 9 years hasnt taken down many Taliban leaders and killed many of their troops. We are sticking up for what's right, and defending our country. they brought this on themselves.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
  46. Ethan

    Rick/Tim –
    So because they hide in civilian areas gives us the right to bomb innocent civilians? That would make us a lot different then them, right. A lot of people are throwing the words cavemen and how dirt poor they are and bragging about how much better we are, really make us look civilized. I could careless what the Taliban’s say; it should not be a measure of our success. I care more about what these 9 years of war brought us so far. We are not much safer before 9/11, not after and not now. Let’s continue sending hundreds of thousand of troops to track down the next terrorist. That makes perfect sense. This is not a war against a state; we are not facing an enemy on a battle field. It's not even a guerrilla war; it's a war against small groups of extremist. So why do we need thousands of troops when they only have hundreds to fight back with? It only took about 19 of them to pull off 9/11.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:19 pm | Report abuse |
  47. J. DeMarco

    Jose well said. I dated a sunni muslim for 2 years and learned the muslim faith is one of peace.

    December 30, 2009 at 3:02 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Kevin

    We need a new parking lot in the middle east.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Jose

    The Talibans are murderers not muslim men. A muslim who loves and lives for Allah can not say that he is successful in killing his own brothers and sisters. The Taliban live by their own religion, by their own code of ethics, their code is to kill every man, woman, and child who does not believe in what they believe in. They do not care about Allah, they do not care about Islam. They only want to kill, destroy, and terrorize all children of Allah. It is impossible to say that they love Allah and they serve Allah, and at the same time break His commandments, that is to love your neighbor.

    Thousands of women and children have died in pakistan, in marketplaces, movie theatres, schools and government buildings. Many more have died in afghanistan and Iraq, for what purpose? Has Allah giving them the right to judge his children? Who gave them the right to kill defend-less civilians? you are not fighting a war to make peace, by adopting the will of Satan, you are condemning yourself to Hell.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  50. gary

    very successful usa's government is clueless lmao keep up with the fight, usa will retreat. the usa knows they have lost, they are now just trying to save face. trillions of american taxpayer dollars wasted. what a worthless government we have here in the usa. IM ASHAMED TO BE AN AMERICAN

    December 30, 2009 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  51. J. DeMarco

    The real crime being committed is by the media. They continually give these cowards a platform from where they can spout their idiotic beliefs. The media feeds the world nothing but fear. They fuel fires, ignite riots, and fan the flames on fanatacism all with their lopsided story telling. As for deaths attributed to the wars, there are more U.S. lives lost here on our own soil due to illegal immigrants each year (about 4000) than are lost in the war overall. Factor in the 12000 violient crimes each year and it makes the war on terror look like childs play. Tell me, why doesn't the media prey on this factoid of a story?

    December 30, 2009 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
  52. roxy

    kachan
    your crazy. make peace not war is just a fantasy. no such thing that if we are nice then they will be nice. No way! it doesnt happen that way. i say kill the worthless enemy and those who wants to do harm on us.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
  53. J. Richter

    Of course 2009 was a successful year for them. With Obama's election, they have so much less to fear now. Posted by: JiminOhio
    ... Except 21,000 + 37,000 new American troops plus intensified drone attacks. Where have you been? FoxNews or are you living in a Taliban cave or just cant get Obama out of your head?

    December 30, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Report abuse |
  54. the american

    so many innocent people would be spared and the war would be over if the taliban told our intel were osama was hiding. It is humbling for the us not too be able to track him down that has to show that he is well protected. The taliban must know that the us never gives up and that once american citizens get pissed off we would unite. The problem why that wont happen is the media which always pushes there own agenda and not americas
    When we can stop bieng a nation of propaganda and be a nation of evidence we will surely be a country with morale conviction instead of bieng full of racist prejudice having money gets you a good lawyer not guity having no money gets you guilty

    December 30, 2009 at 2:23 pm | Report abuse |
  55. JustinF

    kanchan... really?

    Yeah everyone talks about how everything should be happy and peaceful, flowers and fairies, but that's not how this world works.

    While I don't agree with some of the policies and invasions we have made in the last few years, i still support this country. No country has ever become a superpower by killing them with kindness. A country always and i stress the word always, comes to be and comes to power through war. That is the natural process.

    There are many countries threatening ours right now. I want to be in a country that has a foreign policy like ours that will not take any threats from outsiders. I want to be part of a country that has a strong, advanced military like ours. And I am proud to say that I work for a defense contractor to make systems that our troops use better.

    Go spill your hippie rhetoric elsewhere, the patriots are having a conversation

    December 30, 2009 at 2:19 pm | Report abuse |
  56. Irrational

    "Their thinking is irrational." Who are they to talk about rational thinking? They think a woman sitting at her desk drinking a cup of coffee is their mortal enemy and they support blowing up buildings and planes of innocent people in hopes that this is actually the sick and twisted desire of a higher power. Nothing screams "irrationality" like radical Muslim extremists.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  57. k

    Why are there reports like this? Why is America reporting on what seems to be Terriost propaganda? Whats the point; is to keep us afraid of the "terrorist" or to remind us of what we are fighting for over seas. IMHO these types of reports should just be left out. Look at it from their side, they want their message spread, whatever the message may be and of course or news is more than willing to share it. Who cares how well the Taliban thinks they've done. Report on the soldiers and the efforts of those fighting against terrorism. Stop annoucing every plan we have to defeat them and do it. Just tell us when its all over and in the mean time we can worry about our own domsestic issues.

    December 30, 2009 at 2:11 pm | Report abuse |
  58. Hud

    I have no doubt that the US have not acknowledged the total number of civilians killed in air-raids/military ops, but the fact that the Taliban didn't site the numbers for their own (at least in this article) seems odd. We know that suicide bombers have killed countless civilians in Iraq/Afganistan, etc... Let's just hope this will help to sway more of their countrymen against the Taliban!

    December 30, 2009 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  59. Jim in Auburn

    Kanchan,
    They do not want your love. They would gladly take your heart, and your head.
    Do you honestly think the Taliban would let us turn Afghanistan into a hippy comune?
    I invite you to go over and spread love, my guess is that you would not last one week without being killed or kidnapped. Then you would be crying for the military to come save your butt.
    The Taliban does not want the people educated, especially the women. Do you think they are just going to let you come over there and start up a school for girls? They burn schools, and would do it full of students without thinking twice.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Report abuse |
  60. MaxVanguard

    B. KOSKO, if you need a reminder as to why we're involved in a war in Afghanistan, then I suggest visiting Ground Zero in New York. That should be a sufficiently grim reminder of what started this conflict, and why we should care.

    Ethan, we have NOT killed more civilians than the Taliban has. I don't care what the U.N. says - that's a bunch of amped up propaganda supplied by those who will find or make up any reason to oppose U.S. policies. If you actually believe the casualty statistics presented here by the Taliban, then you really need to re-evaluate your own gullability. For example, I'm willing to bet that we don't even have 3,667 coalition vehicles in-country over there, let alone that many damaged. I'm confident we haven't lost 5,587 coalition forces over there either this year.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:51 pm | Report abuse |
  61. Jon

    ... Wait a minute, why are they even talking about the end of the *Gregorian* year? Wasn't the Islamic New Year back on December 17?

    December 30, 2009 at 1:50 pm | Report abuse |
  62. kanchan

    I want peace! Peace will not come by the power of war rather by the power of love. A change of heart is required at this crucial moment of history. Without this we will continue to commit the same mistakes which we have made for centuries. All wars in the history had political motives, the same thing is true for the war in Afganistan and in Iraq. The tme has come that we quietly aknowledge that and help the people of those countries to get better education and improved livlihoods. In the process of fighting the Taliban we kill more innocent civilians and increase the gap between us and the common citizens. If we love the common people of those countries we will help them and win their hearts by the power of love. If we continue using powerful bombs, we are simply fighting a war with a selfish motive.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Report abuse |
  63. Fed up

    what would it cost to move everyone from Isreal to the states, and leave them over there (Taliban) and muslims

    December 30, 2009 at 1:44 pm | Report abuse |
  64. Jim in Auburn

    " In a written statement, the Taliban "

    I wonder if it was hand written on parchment. They seem to want to remain n the dark ages.

    "According to the year-end message, another success was that Afghan citizens did not participate in the "fraudulent elections, taking the guidance of the mujahedeen"

    They need to get a new translator, I think their efforts to stop the election should have been translated as "threats", not "guidance"

    December 30, 2009 at 1:43 pm | Report abuse |
  65. NMAC

    B. KOSKO – yes we should fear the scenario you laid out because the few people in charge of these regions have a lot of money, and their basis for living is fanatical religious belief. They are keeping the citizenry impoverished and uneducated for a reason – they blame the impoverishment and lack of education on the Western world (aka USA), point out to these poor people how unfair life has been to them because the US is a big fat greedy cat, thereby creating more and more hatred against the United States, and therefore the threat remains. As long as this situation is allowed to continue, we will be in danger of other religiously-based terror attacks. Remember, we are the "infidels".

    December 30, 2009 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
  66. bob

    They've been doing this for 5000 years and will continue to do this for 5000 more.
    Bring our troops home now

    December 30, 2009 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
  67. Tim

    ethan. thats what they want. they hide in villiages so civilians and children are caught in the crossfire. Taliban do not care. I will strap a bomb to my butt and walk to a market and set it off killing as many people without regard of police military or civilians. I do this in the name of god. I want to see where in their bible it says to go freely kill who ever you dont like.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:16 pm | Report abuse |
  68. SamRam

    "The world needs to hear from the moderate Islamic communities. When the blasphemy laws are applied in countries such as Pakistan and non-Muslims are killed, are those keepers of the law being good Muslims or bad ones? The world needs to hear. When freedoms are so restricted in Islamic countries that no Muslim is allowed to disbelieve in Islam with impunity, is that a good Muslim law or a bad one? The freedom to believe - or not - is one of the most sacred privileges of the human mind. That freedom is taken away in the name of Islam. Statistics that indicate that Islam is growing are not an accurate reflection of the hearts of the people, because they really have no choice. Until those who are not Muslims are free to practice their faith in Muslim countries - and those who seek to become Christians or choose another faith can do so with impunity - Islam will never be free from the fear it can engender. I pray for such a day, when one's ultimate choice in life can be made without fear of terror and hate."
    ~Ravi Zacharias in his book, Light in the Shadow of Jihad~

    December 30, 2009 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  69. JiminOhio

    Of course 2009 was a successful year for them. With Obama's election, they have so much less to fear now.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
  70. KenP

    OK, Irrational ? then we should show them what irrational is all about ! nuke them. 1940's style ! The common folk of that land will turn over the Taliban in a heart beat. Remember the more horrible the warfare the more people want to turn it off. If you are a civilian in a war zone you are a target. Our enemy has no problem with that (Christams comes to mind), and neither should we. Use the biggest stick possible.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  71. B. KOSKO

    I sit here and wonder. What is their end game? To have dominion over a failed state? To be alienated from the rest of modern civilization? What if the the U.S. were to pull out of the "occupied territories"? What would the new muslim caliphate look like when it would be in complete control of Afghanistan, Pakistan, Yemen & Somalia. I donot think it would look like much of anything. Economies that are in ruin, governments that can not provide even the most basic of services, an impoverished, uneducated citizenry. Is this something we in the west should fear? Or even care about?

    December 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  72. Ateeq khan sori zai

    i did,nt know the western ppl also think like (ppl in a place dont think they just feel it)anyway,,,you guys should also study the nature of afghans freedom comes frist
    than think about schools,and women ect...and yes americans and nato are invaders ppl fighting in afghanistan are terror for you but freedom fighters for others(not only taliban are fighting but there are other groups as well...agian they are all considred taliban)

    December 30, 2009 at 1:02 pm | Report abuse |
  73. Rick Canada

    Ethan What the...................
    Mr. Taliban and friends would never risk the life of an innocent civilian by putting them in harms way. Like hiding behind woman and school children for example. No..... Never.

    December 30, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Report abuse |
  74. robert santiago sr

    I like to see this war end we our not winning also why our we paying such high gas in us we should be payiny 99-cents to 1.50 a gallon not 2.58 a gallon we our helping irag out they our rich country in oil us is heiping to rebulid they should be leting us get gas very chep a barr plus how about bulling from the resv oil we will never use up half of it since we have alt fual made out of corn and bio fual out of pine trees why cant gas be cheper we ask oboma to help us out allso we need work in atl ga and world wide and stop war and bring back all from irag and afgan let them kill there if thats what they want not us problem us has to fix home front first then help others if they can we have to let our govt know how we feal my name is robert santiago sr from atl ga us

    December 30, 2009 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
  75. Tim

    I say just pull out and let them blow each other up. It seems every time the coalition kills off one terrorist cell more just keep popping up reeking havoc on civilians. Leave them be and secure our borders so they don't get in!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
  76. G. Wurst

    The Taliban are nothing but a bunch of cowards who kill innocent men, women and children all in the name of their "God". Crawl out from under those rocks where you live and, rest assured, we'll send you to meet your God right away!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:33 pm | Report abuse |
  77. Ethan

    If they are not winning, they are definitly not losing. Juego, it's been more then 500 coaltions soliders killed. Also, we have killed more civilians then the Talbans have. That's not coming from me, that was a report issued by the UN recently. Their acts of terror can not be justified, if it is burning schools or killing civilians. However, we are guilty of the same crimes, hitting civilian populated areas to get one of their guys if it means killing hundreds innocent ones.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:24 pm | Report abuse |
  78. NMAC

    Do they honestly think Obama is a warrior?

    December 30, 2009 at 12:23 pm | Report abuse |
  79. MSquared

    They don't scare me. Enjoy living in your rocks while I kick back by my swimming pool. The barbarians may win in the end, but just like the Goths, they'll rule over a destroyed world that was beyond their comprehension. A world where toilet paper, electricity, air conditioners, and space flight...a world of invention, of science, of technology...lost. They'll reign over a new dark ages. The world would be a better place, if we just wiped them out with a few thermonuclear devices (yet another technology beyond their comprehension). The Iranians are so intent on developing nuclear weapon technology...how about we give them a first hand view of a few missles...reduce our arsenal by, oh say, 10 or 20. How about that? Let Afghanistan have their goats, let Iraq have their desert, and bring our soldiers home.

    December 30, 2009 at 12:21 pm | Report abuse |
  80. jake

    bunch of idiots. escaping is running with the enemy hot on your heel's. we are withdrawing. hey, terrorist, terrorize this!

    December 30, 2009 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  81. juego_maestro@hotmail.com

    Ah they have no idea what success is. They believe its killing 200 coalition forces but yet don't realize the thousands of Taliban solders who have died in vain for a weak cause. This goes to show how desperate they are becoming. We don't need to proclaim success. Winning this war is the real success, and I can't wait to shove this "success" back down their throat.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
  82. Angel

    Of course they are gonna say that they are going to get rid of us over there in 2010. That's when we're suppose to leave.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:39 am | Report abuse |
  83. v

    Keep hiding in your caves.

    December 30, 2009 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  84. Big Bob

    I wonder if burning so many girls schools is measured as success?

    December 30, 2009 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |