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Taliban Leader Issues 'Unmistakable Message of Death'

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The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan has accused the Taliban's reclusive leader of issuing a "message of hate and hopelessness" to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Fitr.

General John Allen said Friday Mullah Omar's message focused on insurgent operations, revenge, death and lies. Allen said the faithful expect a message of congratulations at the end of Ramadan.

The NATO commander said just recently, during attacks in Nimroz and Kunduz, Mullah Omar sent "assassins" to kill dozens of innocent Afghan men, women and children.  Omar is reported to live in Pakistan.  

Mullah Omar (File)Mullah Omar (File)
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Mullah Omar (File)
Mullah Omar (File)
In his statement, the Taliban leader accused American forces of killing innocent civilians and desecrating their corpses. He urged Afghans to join the Taliban and told his fighter to "be careful about civilian losses."

Omar also boasted that his fighters have successfully infiltrated Afghan security forces to mount rogue shootings of foreign troops.

The Taliban leader said his group has not abandoned its goals in peace negotiations. He said the aim is to secure an exchange of prisoners and the opening of a political office, and noted that the Taliban suspended talks earlier this year.   

International combat forces are in the process of completely withdrawing from Afghanistan by the end of 2014 and transferring security responsibility to their Afghan counterparts. In his statement, Omar said the transition of authority to what he called "the Kabul powerless administration" is a sign of defeat.

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by: observer from: US
August 19, 2012 12:44 AM
As long as Mulla Umar and Zahwiri are not arrested and tried in front of the whole world they would continue to influence mentally vulnerable dwarfs to go and die for them


by: redtiger from: US
August 18, 2012 8:21 AM
Your coverage of this Master Criminal amounts to free advertising and justification for a "killing organization". These criminals feed on your covering them in the media. Because you do the coverage intentionally, you become and partner in criminal murder. Recommend you get with all your professional peers and shut down all coverage of Mullah Omar and the Taliban. Believe me, we are blaming you for the deaths of our sons and daughters.


by: Paulus from: Greece
August 17, 2012 12:21 PM
All the certain political differences around the world up rises - In Afghanistan , South East Pacific sea and Middle East region To extract the US engages in wars during the presidency campaigns.
It's obvious the wars will be triggered very quick if Mr. Romney will win . That will cripple the economic again for sure not only USA but again around the world . We wonder who the hell behind these events to bankrupt the life of people around the
world. They must be very devil of what they doing to mankind ......Good luck world!!!! if we'll die ! we'll all die with their weapons they built up . Those tons of money should put into improve lives instead killing each other or wipe out mankind if it's not their intentions........What a view if living to kill each others!!!
Peace to all world!!! I hope.........Regards


by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 17, 2012 10:47 AM
"while Omar rests comfortably from afar, he continues to send young brain-washed men to carry out attacks in a fruitless cause." That is the message the moslem world should circulate to their faithful. People like Omar love to see their followers die while they live. In order to continue to achieve this, they make sure that those so to hoodwink never get access to good education which would have opened their eyes. Who can estimate how many would-be intellectuals that have been wasted in this mad pursuit of enemy that never was. In as much as the people out there continue to imbibe that religion of hate instead of sending their children to school, the situation will continue. Unfortunately the world has not enough prisons and reformatory to dream of changing them - if they can be caught. They just form a picture of cats eating predators for eco-balance. The taliban, including all its likes and terrorists, is eco-desaster


by: frank cold from: paris
August 17, 2012 10:42 AM
That this man is still alive more than ten years after the start of the conflict, living in our 'ally's' territory, shows the profound stupidity at both the strategic and tactical level of the policies followed by the US. The complete waste of soldiers lives through death and injury, and the billions of dollars of support for the Pakistani army that is directing the forces against us and we appear helpless is the legacy.

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by: Godwin from: Nigeria
August 17, 2012 11:28 AM
The problem here is Pakistan is implicitly sustaining it in order to continue to gull the US of that revenue. Pakistan is doing nothing to stop it, even though it pretends to fight it. But the respect of nuclear bomb is the beginning of wisdom for USA. Pakistan and Iran understand this very well and so are using it as gambit on the American psyche.


by: Michael from: USA
August 17, 2012 8:53 AM
Strong language on both sides, and no message of hope to be found. The rules of name-calling bring out the big question over the law of truth: are either side talking about wartime dynamics or elemental Islamness?

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by: madhu from: burma
August 18, 2012 6:48 AM
do you think that you can achieve peace without using force. islam is the religion of peace and christianity is the religion of violence that is what you mean. soa the americans are maintaining peace and no oil involved. in iraq afghanistan libya no oil involved just maintaining peace without force.

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by: Джан from: дагестан
August 17, 2012 10:48 AM
John Allen is the only one deranged here. He's afraid to call nidal hassan a terrorist, instead calls his actions workplace violence. Meanwhile omar is talking the way all muslims in that region do: death to America. What else do you expect from the religion of peace?

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