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Afghan Warlord Pledges to Back Bin Laden

An Afghan warlord wanted by the United States declared his support Thursday for Osama bin Laden, a pledge security experts say will increase the threat against U.S.-led coalition and Afghan forces. But American and Afghan military officials dismissed Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s action as propaganda, saying his fighters are increasingly isolated by military operations in the country’s volatile east. Speaking in a videotape aired on the Arab satellite station Al-Jazeera, Hekmatyar said: “We hope to participate with … (al-Qaida) in a battle that they lead.” Full Story

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