Taliban Pledges to Cut NATO Supply Route, Make 2009 a 'Bloody' Year For U.S. Forces

(Al Somood Magazine)
In an interview with Taliban's online magazine Somood, the military commander of Takhar province pledged to continue to target NATO convoys, saying "they will not be having a peaceful ride traveling through the north."

Mohammed Hassan Hashimi said his fighters were resorting to IED attacks and ambushes against coalition forces in the northern provinces, citing several attacks carried out by his group in recent weeks.

The 33rd issue of Somood also included statements by Taliban's deputy leader Mullah Brother in which he vowed that 2009 will witness an increase in the movement's attacks against U.S. forces.

"Attacks will increase considerably throughout the current year, and we will focus on Kabul and other provinces nationwide," said Mullah Brother. He added that the attacks would mainly target coalition forces, high-ranking officials in the Afghan government and members of the police and army.

The 56-page magazine also included articles on the Afghani presidential election, the killing of Afghan civilians by U.S. forces U.S. President Barak Obama's Afghanistan surge.