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U.S. Envoy: Pakistan a 'Sanctuary' for Rebels

Guerrillas from Afghanistan’s ousted Taliban militia and the al Qaeda network it once sheltered are using Pakistan as a sanctuary, the U.S. ambassador to Afghanistan said Wednesday. Speaking at a police graduation ceremony, Zalmay Khalilzad also said senior al Qaeda members including Osama bin Laden and his deputy, Ayman al-Zawahri, Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar and Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar must be brought to justice. “The remnants of extremist Taliban, al Qaeda and Hekmatyar want to take Afghanistan to the bad old days,” Khalilzad said. “They use Pakistan as sanctuary.” The Taliban and Hekmatyar have declared a “jihad,” or holy war, against U.S. forces in Afghanistan and U.S.-backed President Hamid Karzai. Full Story

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