Taliban Announce 'Spring Offensive' across Afghanistan

Posted on: May 02, 2012 at 00:16
The Taliban militia announced their ''spring offensive'' would begin across Afghanistan on Thursday.

Code-named al-Farouq, the primary targets of the offensive would be ''foreign invaders, their advisors, their contractors, all those who help them militarily and in intelligence'', the militants said on their website.

''Al-Farouq spring offensive will be launched on May 3 all over Afghanistan,'' the militant group said.

The militia said the code name came from Islam's second caliph, Omar al-Farouq known for his military advances in Asia and the Arab world during the 7th century.

The announcement comes hours after Taliban insurgents armed with guns, suicide vests and a bomb-laden car attacked a heavily fortified compound used by Westerners in Kabul, killing seven people and wounding more than a dozen.

The militants claimed the attack in defiance of U.S. President Barack Obama's call that the war was ending during a visit to Afghanistan on the first anniversary of Osama bin Laden's death on Wednesday.

Source:Agence France Presse
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