Book: The Stand of Islamic Emirate on Occupation
Compiled by: Said Saeedi
Year of Publication: 2012
Publisher: Cultural Affairs Commission of the Islamic Emirate
In a 353-page book titled "Dreez" (The Stand), the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's shadow government in the country) restates its known positions regarding the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan and presents again various Taliban commanders' interviews and statements.
The book, titled in full as "The Stand Of The Islamic Emirate On Occupation," is published and disseminated by the Cultural Affairs Commission of the Islamic Emirate. It carries messages and statements issued by Mullah Mohammad Omar, the fugitive leader of the Taliban's Islamic Emirate, and various Taliban spokesmen since 2008, as well as interviews of the Taliban deputy chief Mullah Baradar Akhond (who is in the Pakistani custody), Jalaluddin Haqqani, head of the Haqqani Network, and Taliban spokesmen Zabihullah Mujahid and Qari Muhammad Yousaf Ahmadi.
The book recounts the achievements of the Taliban government before and after the fall of the Taliban regime in late 2001. A chapter titled "introduction of the book" notes that the book was compiled by Said Saeed and is 12th book published by the Taliban's Cultural Affairs Commission.
Preface To The Book: "The Leaders Of The Western Culture And Civilization Led By The United States Launched Unjust And Barbaric Attacks On Afghanistan... On The Pretext Of The 9/11 Incident"
The book's Table of Contents is very long. Aside from the preface, it carries 135 statements, messages, and interviews of Taliban commanders and the Islamic Emirate. It observes:
"The start of the 21st century, which the international community considers as an era of dialogue, humanity, tolerance and civilization, was the beginning of modern barbarism and ignorance unleashed upon the Afghan nation [by the U.S. forces in the wake of the 9/11 attacks]. The leaders of the Western culture and civilization led by the United States launched unjust and barbaric attacks on Afghanistan on October 8, 2001 on the pretext of the 9/11 incident.
"They martyred and wounded tens of thousands of Afghans, destroyed villages, houses, orchards, and dropped tons of bombs on funeral, jirgas [meetings of elders] and used chemical weapons - white phosphorus bombs and... They again imposed former communist professional murderers and warlords who defamed the sacred jihad on Afghan nation."
To counter the propaganda of the occupation forces, the Cultural Affairs Commission of the Islamic Emirate collected the statements issued by Mullah Mohammad Omar and the Islamic Emirate on different occasions and published in the shape of a book, the preface notes.
A chapter titled "A Few Talks" recounts how the Taliban movement was formed in Maiwand district of Kandahar province by a respected cleric, Mullah Muhammad Omar, who was running a seminary in the Sangsar area of the same district, and how it captured a majority of Afghanistan regions including Kabul in a short time despite meager resources. It says factional fighting, warlordism, insecurity and growing financial and moral corruption forced the Taliban supreme leader to launch the Taliban movement.
The chapter also recounts and elaborates key achievements of the Taliban government in the following key areas: (i) Enforcement of Shari'a, (ii) Security, (iii) Protecting Afghanistan from Disintegration, (iv) Safeguarding National Assets, (v) Revival of Education and Training, (vi) Reconstruction, (vii) Reforming Collective Thinking, (viii) Effective Anti-narcotics Efforts, (ix) Countering Armed Resistance against the Islamic Emirate, (x) World and the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, (xi) 9/11 Attacks in the United States, (xii) The U.S. Invasion of Afghanistan, (xiii) Armed Jihad Against the U.S. Invaders....
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