On September 8, 2010, Mullah Muhammad Omar, who heads the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (the Taliban's shadow government in Afghanistan), issued a message to Muslims on the occasion of Eid-al-Fitr that was published on the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan's official website..
Eid-al-Fitr, which was celebrated in the Islamic world on September 10 and 11, is the annual Islamic festival that marks the end of the fasting month of Ramadan. In his message to Muslims, Mullah Omar predicted America's defeat in Afghanistan, observing: "All those experienced and sophisticated [U.S.] generals who were sent to the battlefield now are being sent back disgracefully and humiliatingly because of their incompetence..."
Mullah Omar, who is believed to be hiding somewhere in Pakistan, also asked the Taliban fighters to respect civilian populations in Afghanistan and foil any "conspiracies and propaganda" against the Taliban. He also urged the former mujahideen leaders who have joined the Afghan government to return to the Taliban fold.
Noting that the Taliban will return to power "soon," Mullah Omar also laid out the Taliban's foreign policy, noting: "We want to frame our foreign policy on the principle that we will not harm others nor allow others to harm us."
Following are excerpts from the statement:
"Whenever Invading Forces Face Defeat, They Sow Seeds of Differences in the Occupied Territories"
"In the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful…
"Peace, mercy and blessing of Allah be on the Muslim Mujahid nation, the suffering families of martyrs, and prisoners, the gallant Mujahideen of the path of Jihad and sacrifice, all those who have been detained by the invading infidels on charges of their struggling for independence and on all Islamic Ummah...
"The current Jihad and resistance in Afghanistan against the foreign invaders and their puppets is a legitimate Jihad, being waged for the defense of the sovereignty of the Islamic country and Islam. The expansion, momentum, and success of this Jihadist resistance rightly signify that it is a country-wide, independent and holy resistance of the masses and has now approached close to its destination of victory thanks to the help of Allah (SwT) and your innumerous sacrifices. So you should strive to lay aside all your internal differences, agrarian and residential lands disputes, and other grievances. Put all your strength and planning behind the task of driving away the invaders and regaining independence of the country. The history has it that whenever invading forces face defeat, they sow seed of differences in the occupied territories before their pull-out and leave behind various conflicts.
"The Americans now are passing through this stage. Therefore, robustly focus on foiling all conspiracies of the enemy which are aimed at creating mistrust and separation between the Mujahideen and the people, or igniting the fire of internal fighting through formation of militias, or launching fake process of elections with the prior knowledge that everything has already been decided and finalized in Washington, or the convening of the spurious Jirga by gathering some sycophant government employees, or other similar conspiracies. Convince all those who are involved in these conspiracies unknowingly or lured by financial incentives. Strictly prevent them from perpetrating such activates.
"I assure you, our days of sufferings and hardship will not be prolonged furthermore. Soon, if God wills, our grieved hearts will find solace, as the invading enemy is ousted and Islamic sovereignty is established. All our noble countrymen, whether an engineer, a doctor, a student of a school or of a religious Madarassa, a teacher or a cleric, a professor or religious scholar hailing from any tribe and ethnicity, will all work together like brothers in an independent country with a strong Islamic government established on the basis of the aspirations of the people…"
"Today, America is Regarded as a Most Hated Force and Faces Humiliations and Disgrace"
"Through your strong determination and faith, you succeeded to foil all conspiracies and machinations of the global infidel power. The Almighty Allah has favored you with victory over all invading enemies, thanks to your steadfastness and perseverance, effacing the aura of shock and awe of the powerful enemy. This was made possible due to your sincere Jihad and sacrifices. Today, America is regarded as a most hated force and faces humiliations and disgrace. We see now that the more you gain the upper hand over the enemy forces, the more their ranks and files become disarrayed and disorganized. Those military experts who have framed strategies of the invasion of Afghanistan or are now engaged in hammering out new strategies themselves admit that all their strategies are nothing but a complete failure.
"All those experienced and sophisticated generals who were sent to the battlefield now are being sent back disgracefully and humiliatingly because of their incompetence, and they are even given various nicknames. Other foreign forces which have come here for occupation of our country under the American umbrella are now under pressure from their people due to the growing and heavy military expenditures, casualties and the fruitlessness of the war. Each of them is hastily seeking ways of exit from Afghanistan.
"Therefore, my Mujahid brothers, if you want to gain more success in the field of the battles, you should try to reform your conduct and deeds; respect your Jihadist goals and pay attention to all-sided welfare and prosperity of your suffering but brave people. By maintaining an ever-growing unity and brotherhood among yourselves, you shall not permit anyone to set the stage for discord and differences among you on the instruction of the enemy. Do not waste your time on maligning each other, but, on the contrary, direct all your efforts for improving Jihadist affairs, for defending Islam and the country; for thrashing the enemy, and for serving and protecting your people."
Mujahideen Must Respect the Civilian Population in Order to Garner Support
"Take every caution to protect the life and property of people, and public installations. Do not regard people as an entity separate from you; respect all former pious Mujahideen; strictly implement the book of the code of conduct which has already been given to you; use successful and complicated tactics during confrontation with the enemy; be aware to pay attention to the protection of Mujahideen; obey your superiors and conduct affairs through mutual consultation. Try to nip in the bud all plans and conspiracies and propaganda of the enemy.
"Do not allow anyone to commit activities under the name of a Mujahid that malign the name of the Mujahideen, and be cautious not to harass people on mere pretexts and baseless reports. It is a part of the enemy plan to create problems and distrust between Mujahideen and the people. Encourage all soldiers, policemen, and employees in the enemy administration to leave their ranks and, instead, stand with their Mujahid people. Give warm welcome to heroic youth like Talib Hussain, Gulbuddin and Ghulam Sakhi who killed many invaders in Gereshk, Nad Ali, Badghis and Mazar Sharif and committed heroic deeds by resorting to tactical attacks. Persuade others to strike the infidel enemy by following their steps. However, be aware of intentions of your inner self as you do this, and make the pleasure of the Almighty Allah your sole goal in all your Jihadic activities."
A Message to Social Elite
"To religious scholars, statesmen, teachers, writers and poets:
"You are the very caste of the society that have the capacity to portray the wants and aspirations of the people. It is your Islamic and national duty to expose the atrocities of the invaders and put them before human rights organizations and public of the world. Enlighten people on the American invasion by unveiling the realities and facts. Inform them about the overt and covert conspiracies of the enemy; explain to them the fundamentals and benefits of Islamic system; educate the new generation in a constructive way, saving them from the impact of foreign dogmas and culture; teach them unity and harmony; inform the local leaders of Jihad of the grievances of people and convey the intentions of Mujahideen to the people. You are a bridge between the Islamic Emirate and the people. So it must be. Because through such a mechanism, all errors and mistakes should be corrected whenever they crop up. I call on you to assist the Islamic Emirate to bring about a blemish-free Jihadic and Islamic atmosphere."
Inviting Former Jihadists Who Have Joined the Government to Return to the Jihad
"To former mujahideen and employees who work in the Kabul administration:
"In these auspicious days of Eid-al-Fitr, I invite you once again to come and stand with your nation like other former gallant Mujahideen have, and with their help, to participate in the glory of repelling the American invasion and regaining independence. Come and ponder the conduct of the invading Americans in the light of your conscience, sagacity and insight, what they do with your so-called elected president, members of parliament, with you, and, in short, with the suffering people. They call you warlords and unscrupulous persons. You may have heard that the officials in the Presidential Palace [in Kabul] directly receive payments from CIA. Then what is the rational behind your working under their command?
"If you claim that you have joined the ranks of the invading Americans (under duress) because there were flaws and faults in the manner of the Mujahideen of the Islamic Emirate, then come and correct those faults yourself after joining the ranks of your Mujahideen brothers. Thus, by forming a strong cemented Jihadic rank, you yourselves become a participant in the (great) task of forcing out the invading infidels.
"Do you think that your responsibility to defend your country and the holy religion's rituals was only limited to Jihad against the Russians? But today, instead of resistance, you have chosen to stand with the invaders against your Muslim nation in a time that your country has been invaded by the Americans and 48 other infidel countries, harassing, debasing and threatening you and the Afghan people. Could this be the decision of your conscience and the product of your Afghan honor-loving character? Know that the Americans have come here to colonize Afghanistan and plunder its natural resources. They would never become your friends. Had there not been the fear of Mujahideen hovering over them, they would have debased you and humiliated you more than you are now…
"If you are not able to join them, then by abandoning the support of the infidel, choose a peaceful life along with your children in your houses, taking advantage of the amnesty and security offered (to you) by the Mujahideen. Thus save yourselves from shame in this world and the world to come."
Describing the Future of a Taliban-Run Afghanistan
"Regarding the upcoming system of the country:
"The victory of our Islamic nation over the invading infidels is now imminent, and the driving force behind this is the belief in the help of Allah (SwT) and unity among ourselves. In the time to come, we will try to establish an Islamic, independent, perfect and strong system on the basis of these principles – a system with economic, security, legal, educational and judicial aspects being based on the injunctions of Islam and conducted through a consultative body joined by persons with experience, knowledge and expertise. All God-fearing, experienced and professional cadres of the Afghan society will be part and parcel of this system, without any political, racial, and linguistic discriminations.
"Administrative responsibilities will be devolved on them according to their talent and honesty. We will respect the Islamic rights of all people of the country including women; will implement Sharia rules in the light of the injunctions of the sacred religion of Islam in order to efficiently maintain internal security and eradicate immorality, injustice, indecency and other vices; will strictly observe the law of punishment and reward and auditing in order to bring about administrative transparency in all government departments. The violators will be dealt with according to the Sharia rules."
On Taliban Foreign Policy
"Regarding policy with foreign countries:
"Our upcoming system will be based on mutual interactions with neighboring, Islamic and non-Islamic countries. We want to frame our foreign policy on the principle that we will not harm others nor allow others to harm us.
"Our upcoming system of government will participate in all regional and global efforts aimed at establishing peace and stability, human prosperity and economic advancement on the basis of the Islamic laws and will cooperate with regional countries in all common problems of the region like (finding solutions to) narcotics, environment pollution, commercial and economic problems."
A Message to the Muslim World
"To the Islamic World and the Muslim Ummah - O Muslim Ummah!:
"I avail myself of this auspicious opportunity of Eid to share with you some bitter facts. Today, some arrogant and biased countries are exerting various pressures on Muslims. The religion and culture of some Muslims are threatened while the life, property, independence and sovereignty of some other Muslims are in danger. Today Muslims are victims of different discriminations and hardships. The most notorious prisons of the world are packed with Muslims where they are being tortured and humiliated, and their countries are under occupation…
"The Afghans, as defenders of the Islamic Ummah and destroyers of colonialist plans, have a well-known history. They have offered colossal sacrifices in the way of throwing out the invaders. As such, they have repelled all invasions beginning from Alexander of Macedonia to the American invasion in this 21st century. Unequivocally, these sacrifices have given victory to the Afghans and salvation to the Islamic Ummah. Therefore, Muslim brothers, not only do we have a common religion, faith, values, culture and interests, but also common distress, joy, friends and enemies. So come and share the grief and distress of your suffering Muslims brothers and assist them with your persons and wealth by turning to an honest policy."
To American and Allied Soldiers and Populations: "It is Not Appropriate for You to Sacrifice Your Sons for American Ambiguous Interests"
"To the coalition forces stationed in Afghanistan and to their people:
"The invading Americans have invaded Afghanistan for achievement of their interests and realization of their expansionist policy. They have allied with 48 other countries but still have failed to thwart the growing Jihad resistance of the Afghan Mujahid nation despite using their combined military, political and financial cooperation. This means that the resistance being put up by this nation is a legitimate one, and that the invasion by the global coalition under the leadership of America is unlawful and brutal aggression. The pretexts concocted by the Americans to keep you engaged in Afghanistan are only fallacies that want to obtain their illicit interests.
"There is no veracity in their claims. In the past nine years, you may have come around to know the essence of the fautuous American claims, that only they want to use your power in the way of achievement of their impractical colonialist goals. It is not appropriate for you to sacrifice your sons for ambiguous American interests and to defame your name in the history of nations and become criminals of war as a result of your killing and harassing the Afghan people. Each day, hundreds of innocent Afghans are martyred by the Americans; houses are destroyed and unconventional weapons which are banned on the international level are being used by them.
"These weapons will have a negative impact on the next generations of our nation. Their use is an unforgivable crime against humanity. But your forces commit this crime against miserable people every day, at the behest of the Americans. Furthermore, the Americans have imposed restrictions on independent media. Only reports palatable to America and NATO are allowed to be published. No one, neither the invaders nor their puppets, address the grievances of the victims of war.
"They clamp down on publications of the Islamic Emirate, whether in the form of electronic media like the Internet or printed materials. Hundreds of innocents Afghans have been suffering in Guantanamo and Bagram prisons for the past nine years. Even old men of 70-80 years are kept under detention in these prisons. They are constantly deprived of their legal rights and are not presented before a legal court and denied their human rights. In short, America, has taken hostage our country and people due to your assistance. Some members of the American coalition and their people have realized this reality, and have started withdrawal of their forces from Afghanistan, and some are intending to follow.
"Our message for those countries which still want to continue their military occupation of Afghanistan merely relying on the irrational pretexts of America, is that you should consider withdrawal of your forces from Afghanistan at your earliest."
A Message to Americans about Captured Soldier Bowe Bergdahl
"To American rulers and the misinformed American people:
"You tested all your might i.e. military, political, and economic for the past nine years to maintain your occupation over the Afghan Islamic and independent country but you achieved nothing except a dashing defeat at the hands of the sagacious Afghan Mujahideen. Though your general worked out strategies (after strategies) and committed a military surge, still your soldiers are captured alive but your government is not ready to agree to an exchange of prisoners as in the case of Bowe Bergdahl, nor are they concerned about him as a U.S. citizen…
"Our Mujahideen constantly shoot down your advanced military and reconnaissance aircraft and destroy your military hardware. With the passage of each day, the number of your soldiers' dead bodies rises, but your rulers, instead of admitting their wrong policies and seeking a rational exit, want to try the hackneyed and failed process once more as an effort to compensate for their defeats and distract your attention and that of the public of the world from their debacles...
"The Afghans have still further patience to defend their country. They have added new experiences of warfare to theirs after nine-year long confrontation with your soldiers. What we want to convey to you through this message is: Withdraw your soldiers from our country unconditionally and as soon as possible. This is in your interest and in the interest of your people and the best option for regional stability.
"After nine years of show of muscles by you and your global military coalition, it has become clear for all the world that the policy of might and coercion has no effect on the Afghans. The subjugation of this free people as per your envisaged plans is impossible. Still, if you want to make the 'impossible' possible by extending your stay in Afghanistan, then, as its price, be ready to lose the sovereignty of your vast empire. You should know that your rulers have continuously told you lies since the beginning of the aggression on Afghanistan until this very day."
Predicting Another Economic Crisis, and Calling on Americans to Pressure Their Government to End the War
"They have wasted hundreds of billions of dollars of your tax money in the form of financial expenditures and your manpower in Afghanistan and are still wasting them. You shall be witness to another economic melt-down. You should use your parliamentary pressures and street power to prevent your rulers from pushing you into the pit of perdition and destruction at the global level. Therefore, they should abandon their stubborn headlong policy. Otherwise, the Americans will themselves face humiliation and disgrace before anyone else does that."
Expressing Sympathy for Pakistani Flood Victims
"To end, I extend my deep condolence to all those who have been affected by the recent floods and other natural disasters in Afghanistan, Pakistan and other parts of the Islamic world…
"I call on all beneficent persons to give their all-sided assistance to the victims of the floods and to the families of martyrs, prisoners and orphans, and have a conduct of mercy and grace with them in these auspicious days of joy of Eid as you usually have with your families and children.
"Once again, I felicitate all Muslims on this occasion of Eid, and pray to Allah (SwT) to give them perseverance versus the American invasion and to accept their sacrifices in His sight. I pray to Allah the Almighty to bestow independence on all occupied countries, in view of the selfless sacred sacrifices of this suffering Ummah through realization of an Islamic sovereignty. May Allah the Almighty accept in His Sight the offering of the Mujahideen being presented in the shape of their pure blood…"