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January 27, 2009 No.
2141

Taliban Leader Warns U.S, NATO Not to Send New Troops to Afghanistan; Claims Current Financial Crisis Result of 'Belligerent U.S. Policy'; Warns Mujahideen Against Internal Strife

The latest issue of the Taliban monthly e-journal Al-Sumoud, posted December 2, 2008 on the Islamist forum Al-Faluja, contains a message by Taliban leader Mullah Omar. In it, Mullah Omar warns the U.S. and NATO not to send new troops to Afghanistan, as this will only lead to more NATO casualties. He states further that the global financial crisis is the result of the U.S.'s "failing belligerent policy," and calls on Muslims to support the mujahideen in Iraq and Palestine. He warns the mujahideen against internal strife, and stresses that resisting American influence in the region is a common interest of Afghanistan and its neighbors.

The following are excerpts from the message:

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