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Mulla Omar vows to retake Afghanistan
KABUL: Taliban leader Mulla Mohammad Omar has accused the United States of trying to impose a puppet administration in Afghanistan and vowed to regain control of the country, the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) reported on Friday.
A message from the leader of the Taliban movement overthrown by US-led forces in late 2001 was sent to newspaper offices in Peshawar, AIP said.
The message, to mark Eid ul-Fitr starting this weekend, came the day before the third anniversary of the day when US-backed Afghan forces captured Kabul from the Taliban on November 13, 2001.
Omar said the Taliban remained committed to their Islamic ideals. “There is much more brotherhood, obedience and steadfastness in the Taliban’s Islamic movement than before,” he said.
“America and its puppets should know that we are determined to free and regain the sovereignty of our country.” Omar said Eid was coming at a time when Afghanistan and Islamic values “remain plunged into horror and Crusader vengeance” and Taliban and mujahideen (holy warriors) continued to be imprisoned by the United States in Cuba and Afghanistan.
“America is trying to impose its puppet administration,” the message said. “Moral decadence, desecration of Islamic values and crime are increasing in Afghanistan. Every ploy is being used to mislead women.”Omar said the Taliban “could have connived with America to retain power and this worldly rule by giving up Afghan honour. “But they didn’t do it,” he said. “You should rest assured that I and my Mujahid colleagues will never accept anything except Islamic injunctions.”
KABUL The Taliban leader Mullah Muhammad Omar vowed to retake control of Afghanistan in a message released to a Pakistani news agency on the eve of the Muslim holy festival of Eid-ul-Fitr.
The fugitive leader, who is widely believed to be living in Pakistan from where he directs an insurgency against American and Afghan forces in southern and eastern Afghanistan, said that the United States was trying to impose a puppet regime in the country, but that it would fail.