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KABUL - The Taliban's reclusive leader Mullah Omar has issued an Eid message claiming victories on the battlefield against NATO and defending initial contacts, now suspended, with the US.


The rare statement by the militants' one-eyed leader, said by the Afghan government to be based in neighbouring Pakistan, came on the eve of Eid-al-Fitr celebrations marking the end of the holy month of Ramadan.


The "unique distinction" of this year's summer offensive by the Taliban was that it had reached all areas of the country and forced NATO and Afghan government troops to adopt defensive positions, he said.


Omar claimed that a spate of green-on-blue attacks, in which Afghan forces turn their weapons against NATO personnel, was the result of Taliban infiltrating local security units.


NATO, which has some 130,000 US-led troops in Afghanistan, has acknowledged a spike in such incidents this summer, but says most are motivated by cultural differences between troops and plays down the role of Talibn infiltration.

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17 Aug 2012

Read full article: www.pakistantoday.com.pk

2012-08-17


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