KABUL, Afghanistan — The Taliban announced Saturday it would begin a new operation against U.S. and NATO-led troops in Afghanistan on Monday, vowing that "all foreign invading forces will ultimately face defeat," according to a statement from the group.
"The Al-Faath (victory) operations will target the invading Americans, the NATO military personnel, foreign advisers, spies who pose as foreign diplomats, members of the Karzai stooge administration and members of the cabinet," the Taliban statement said.
The statement, which listed 10 other targeted groups, said the operation would begin May 10, and would use IEDs, blockades, assassinations, abductions and suicide missions.
Afghan Defense Minister Rahim Wardak said Saturday the Taliban does not have the number of fighters or the means necessary to carry out such plans.
In a news conference, Wardak said it's likely the Taliban will continue to use its current tactics of IEDs and suicide attacks, but the group does not have the capability to fight the Afghan and NATO forces.
A spokesman for NATO's International Security Assistance Force told CNN that the Taliban's "pledge to attack the very people committed to securing Afghanistan's future further demonstrates that they have nothing to offer the Afghan people but more blood and tears."
"While President (Hamid) Karzai visits Washington tomorrow to help his people, the Taliban will use violence only to help themselves," said Lt. Col. Tadd Sholtis. "ISAF will work alongside the Afghan people and their government to protect them."
About 100,000 U.S. troops are in Afghanistan, as well as 40,000 NATO-led troops.
– CNN's Atia Abawi contributed to this report