The Taliban marked the ninth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks by calling on Washington to pull out of Afghanistan "without any preconditions."
The repressive Taliban government, which was hosting al-Qaeda training camps in the country, was quickly ousted following the 2001 attacks on New York and the Pentagon. Taliban insurgents continue to battle coalition forces nine years later, threatening the democratically elected government in Kabul.
“Nine years after September 11, despite using all possible military solutions in Afghanistan, now they have lost any possible chance for peace,” the statement said of the U.S., according to Agence France-Presse.
“They are left with only one option and that is to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan without any preconditions. They do not have the right to impose conditions and preconditions for leaving Afghanistan because, first, their occupation of Afghanistan was illegal and also, second, they have been defeated in this illegal invasion."
The Taliban referenced the withdrawal of other nations in the U.S.-led coalition heading toward President Obama's July 2011 target for a drawdown of troops.
“The international coalition they befriended at the beginning, now realizing the reality, have started to withdraw their forces from Afghanistan to free themselves from this problem,” the statement said.
“Instead of choosing a logical withdrawal solution, they keep insisting on implementing plans that are causing security, political and financial instability, not only for Afghanistan but for the region and the America itself.”
The statement, signed by the old Taliban government lingo "Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," said that a "wrong policy" in Afghanistan was endangering Americans around the world.
“Being an American has become a threat for every American in every part of the world, it has taken away the grace of having a peaceful life for the American nation even inside America,” it said.
“Their houses, their cities, their offices, their airports, their military barracks have become battlefields for them. They cannot feel safe anywhere...they have become known across the globe as occupiers and invaders.”
Al-Jazeera reported Saturday that al-Qaeda was helping to swell the ranks of the Taliban insurgents, sending foreign fighters to battle coalition troops in Afghanistan.