Taliban Says It Will Begin Spring Offensive Sunday | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Taliban Says It Will Begin Spring Offensive Sunday

The Taliban will launch their annual spring offensive on Sun., April 28, the group said Saturday.

In a press release, the Taliban said that the offensive will target "America, NATO and their backers for the gratification of Allah Almighty, independence of Afghanistan and establishing in it an Islamic government while we humbly raise our hands towards Allah Almighty for its success and hope for a favorable and triumphant end."

The militant group says it will use "every possible tactic" to inflict casualties on foreigners in Afghanistan. They specifically mention insider attacks, which have been a growing threat over the last couple of years, and "collective martyrdom operations."

According to the statement, the operation will begin across the country Sunday. The Taliban say they chose April 28 as the start of their offensive because it is the anniversary of the Mujahedeen victory over the communist government in 1992.

The militant group says it named this year's operation Khalid bin Walid R.A., after a famous military general from the era of Prophet Muhammad.

In response to the Taliban announcement, NATO sought to reassure the public, releasing the following statement:

"The Afghan people should not fear Taliban threats. The Afghan National Security Forces have wisely used the winter months to prepare for taking over the security lead throughout Afghanistan by mid-2013. They are ready. Further, the international community, the Afghan Government and the ANSF are with the Afghan people. Too much progress has been achieved and the Afghan people will not return to the dark days of the past."

According to a recent independent report, Taliban attacks are already up nearly 50 percent compared to this time last year. The U.N. says civilian casualties are 30 percent higher than this time last year.

Copyright 2013 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.
WAMU 88.5

With Protest Against Congressman, Activists Take A Stand For D.C. Home Rule

This protest was presumably about marijuana decriminalization, but home rule seemed to be the overarching theme.
NPR

The Weird, Underappreciated World Of Plastic Packaging

So much of the food we eat these days is encased in plastic. And behind it is a whole lot of research and innovation. We dive into some of the materials that keep food fresh and portable.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.