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Taliban Names Anti-U.S. Leadership Council

The shadowy leader of Afghanistan’s former Taliban regime, Mullah Omar, has named a 10-man leadership council to organize resistance against foreign troops in the country, a news report said on Tuesday. Pakistani newspaper, The News, quoted a Taliban spokesman as saying Mullah Omar announced the formation of the body in an audio tape sent from his hiding place in Afghanistan. The whereabouts of Mullah Omar and al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden, who is blamed for masterminding the September 11, 2001, attacks on New York and Washington, remain unknown despite more than a year and a half of U.S.-led operations in Afghanistan. There are about 11,500 foreign troops under U.S. command hunting Taliban and al Qaeda remnants in Afghanistan. In the tape, Mullah Omar called on the Taliban to make sacrifices to drive out U.S. and other foreign troops and the “puppet” government of U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai, the paper quoted Mohammed Mukhtar Mujahid as saying. Full Story

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