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Believed Taliban chief's message calls for holy war

A statement attributed to fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar has urged Afghans to wage a holy war against Americans and the U.S.-backed Afghan government, saying its supporters should be punished with death. “We demand that Afghanistan’s Muslims should immediately leave the ranks of America and the Crusaders, and start jihad against the Americans and its allies,” the Pashtu-language message attributed to Omar said. The statement was sent to several newspaper offices in the Pakistani border town of Peshawar, and a copy was obtained by The Associated Press on Monday. The authenticity of the message could not be verified. The message quoted an Islamic edict, or fatwa, allegedly issued by about 1,600 Muslim scholars in Afghanistan, calling for the death of anyone who supports America and Afghanistan’s U.S.-backed government. According to the message the fatwa said: “The dignity of Islam has been attacked. Today America has attacked the oppressed Muslim nation of Afghanistan. Now jihad is obligatory for Muslims.” “Those cooperating with this infidel intruder and stand with it … deserve to be killed,” the message said. Full Story

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