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Taliban leader calls for new holy war

Amid stepped up attacks in Afghanistan, the Taliban’s elusive leader Mullah Mohammed Omar has issued a fresh call for a holy war against U.S. troops and Afghans who work with them. His latest decree, released in posters widely displayed in eastern Afghanistan, carries the signatures of 600 Islamic clerics reminding the faithful of their duty to wage jihad, or holy war. “Whenever the non-Muslims attack a Muslim land it is the duty of everyone to rise up against the aggressor,” a black-and-white poster reportedly written by Omar said. “We were blamed for Osama bin Laden because they said he was a terrorist and he was taking shelter with us. But what is the fault of Iraq? Iraq has no Osama bin Laden in his country,” it said. Taliban loyalists in hiding in the tribal regions of Pakistan told The Associated Press in recent interviews that the regrouping and alliance building with al-Qaida and rebel warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s Hezb-e-islami had been completed. The next phase they said would be hit and run attacks. Full Story

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