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As the world geared up to remember the Sept. 11 terror attacks, a powerful Taliban truck bomb exploded at a U.S. military base in Afghanistan late Saturday, wounding 77 American soldiers and killing five Afghan civilians, including a three-year-old girl. The attack came shortly after the Taliban issued a statement vowing to send American forces "to the dustbin of history." In the statement, the Taliban also promised to keep fighting U.S. forces until all American troops leave Afghanistan, but they denied any involvement in the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States.
No American soldiers were killed in the attack, carried out by a suicide bomber who detonated a large bomb inside a truck carrying firewood. NATO reported Sunday that none of the 77 injuries is considered life-threatening.
Officials said no other international troops were stationed at the base, Combat Outpost Sayed Abad in Wardak province.
But the attack provided a vivid reminder that the decade-old Afghan war still rages. In an email to the media on Saturday, the Taliban accused the United States of using the Sept. 11 attacks as a pretext to invade Afghanistan and said the international community was responsible for killing thousands of Afghans during the invasion and occupation.
"Each year, 9/11 reminds the Afghans of an event in which they had no role whatsoever," the Taliban said in the email. "American colonialism has shed the blood of tens of thousands of miserable and innocent Afghans."
On October 4, 2001, British Prime Minister Tony Blair released information compiled by Western intelligence agencies connecting Osama bin Laden to the Afghanistan's Taliban leadership as well as being the leader of the al-Qaeda organization. The Taliban government gave safe haven to Osama bin Laden in the years leading up to the attack, and his al-Qaeda network may have had a close relationship with the Taliban army and police. On the day of 9/11, the Taliban foreign minister told the Arab television network Al Jazeera: "We denounce this terrorist attack, whoever is behind it."
The United States requested the Taliban to shut down all al-Qaeda bases in Afghanistan, open them to inspection and turn over Osama bin Laden. The Taliban refused all these requests. Instead they offered to extradite Osama bin Laden to an Islamic country, for trial under Islamic law, if the United States presented evidence of his guilt. The Taliban had previously refused to extradite bin Laden to the United States, or prosecute him, after he was indicted by the US federal courts for involvement in the 1998 United States embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania.
The Taliban deemed eyewitness testimony and satellite phone call recordings entered in the public record in February 2001 during a trial as insufficient grounds to extradite bin Laden for his involvement in the bombings. Invoking the Bush Doctrine, which stated "We will make no distinction between the terrorists and those who harbor them", the United States and Britain invaded and overthrew the Taliban regime in 2001, using air power, special forces and the Northern Alliance as a land army. On November 29, 2007 a videotape was released that The Central Intelligence Agency says is likely to be from Osama bin Laden. In it the speaker claims sole responsibility for the attacks and specifically denies any prior knowledge of them by The Taliban or the Afghan people.
Originally posted by WhoDat09
I though Al-Queda did it
Originally posted by deadmessiah
reply to post by WhoDat09
The problem is that we're fighting the Taliban, not Al Qaeda. The Taliban is not at fault, yet we're killing them and the Afghan people anyways. So when the Taliban retaliates, its not the "work of Al Qaeda" like they love to say. Its the Taliban tired of all our senseless killing. As of 2001, the size of Al Qaeda was 500 - 1000 people. Since 2001, we've killed well over a million people. Think we might have gotten them all by now?
The people our government blamed for the attacks aren't the one's we're fighting. It would be like the Taliban claiming our Military committed a terror attack against them, and in retaliation, attacked our state side militias.
Insurgents were linked to 75 per cent of civilian deaths and 16 per cent were attributed to foreign and government forces, according to the annual report released with the Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission.
The only reason the Taliban is still around is because of Coalition rules of engagement that prevent us from going all out to destroy them - because doing so would cause additional civilian casualties!
Originally posted by deadmessiah
No, the Taliban is attacking the puppet police and government that the U.S. They view them as traitors, which they are in a way.