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Taliban Leader Issues 'Unmistakable Message of Death'


The commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan says the Taliban's reclusive leader has issued "an unmistakable message of death, hate and hopelessness" for Eid al-Fitr, the festival marking the end of Ramadan, the holy fasting month.

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

Omar boasted in his statement that his fighters have successfully infiltrated Afghan security forces to mount rogue shootings of foreign troops, killing more than 33 soldiers this year. The one-eyed Taliban leader urged his fighters to avoid civilian deaths in the attacks.

Allen said Omar has repeated "the same insane language of previous years." The U.S. general said "while Omar rests comfortably from afar, he continues to send young brain-washed men to carry out attacks in a fruitless cause." Omar is reported to live in Pakistan.

Allen described Omar as a "deranged man" who puts his goals of personal domination ahead of the future of the Afghan people.
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