Taliban announces new campaign on foreigners in Afghanistan

The Taliban announced a new campaign of attacks on "foreigners and their surrogates" in Afghanistan on Saturday, a day before President Hamid Karzai leaves on a crucial visit to Washington.

Taliban announces new campaign on foreigners in Afghanistan

The Taliban announced a new campaign of attacks on "foreigners and their surrogates" in Afghanistan on Saturday, a day before President Hamid Karzai leaves on a crucial visit to Washington.

A statement said the operation would begin on May 10 and would target diplomats, members of the Afghan parliament and foreign contractors as well as foreign forces operating in Afghanistan.

"The Islamic Emirate announces this spring operation by the name of Al-Faath (victory), to be launched against Americans, NATO members and their surrogates," said the statement, using the official name of the Taliban.

"The Al-Faath jihadic operations will start in 10th May 2010 this year to include operations against the defeated foreigners and their surrogates all over the country."

Tactics would include bombings, assassinations and kidnappings, the announcement warned. "All foreign invading forces will ultimately face defeat," the Taliban said.

It came as Karzai prepares for talks with US leaders ahead of a major military offensive.

The United States is pouring thousands more troops into the war-ravaged country ahead of the planned operation in the southern province of Kandahar.

The Taliban have waged a nine-year insurgency against Karzai's Western-installed government since their own administration was overthrown by a US-led invasion in late 2001.

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