Taliban denounce Kabul meeting as sign of failure

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
July 21, 2010 21:02

 
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KABUL, Afghanistan  — The Taliban denounced this week's international conference on Afghanistan's future, saying the "vague and terrible agenda" shows that the US and its allies intend to abandon the country and blame their ultimate defeat on the Afghan government.

Representatives of the US 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. Karzai also urged his international backers to distribute more of their development aid through his government.

In a statement posted in English on their website, the Taliban said the conference showed that the US "has lost the initiatives and is unable to resolve Afghanistan issue." The statement was distributed to news organizations by the SITE Intelligence Group that 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.

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