The Taliban denounced this week’s international conference on Afghanistan’s future, saying the “vague and terrible agenda” shows that the United States and its allies intend to abandon the country and blame their ultimate defeat on the Afghan government.
Representatives of the United States and 60 other countries met Tuesday to endorse President Hamid Karzai‘s plan for Afghan police and soldiers to take charge of security nationwide by 2014. Mr. Karzai also urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through his government.
In a statement posted in English on its website, the Taliban said the conference showed that the United States “has lost the initiatives and is unable to resolve Afghanistan issue.” The statement was distributed to news organizations by the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors extremist communications.
“Whatever actions are taken in this regard have already been doomed to a failure,” the statement said. “It is evident from the vague and terrible agenda of the conference . . . that America and the international community intend to pull out of Afghanistan” and blame “the coming destruction, humiliation and defeat on Kabul puppet regime,” meaning the Karzai administration.
A massive security crackdown prevented the Taliban from launching any major attacks in the capital during the conference. However, rockets fired at the Kabul airport Tuesday forced the plane carrying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt to divert to Bagram Air Field north of the city.
Also Wednesday, NATO said insurgents beheaded six Afghan policemen after attacking their checkpoint in northern Afghanistan the day before. The coalition said militants attacked a number of government buildings and the checkpoint Tuesday in Baghlan province’s Dahanah-ye Ghori district. The attackers overran the checkpoint and decapitated the six policemen, NATO said. Washington Times