Taliban leader issues Muslim holiday message

AP News
Posted: Nov 25, 2009 7:34 AM

The Taliban's reclusive leader has issued a Muslim holiday message calling on Afghans to break off relations with the government, which he calls a "stooge" administration.

Mullah Omar's message ahead of Eid comes a week after President Hamid Karzai reached out to the Taliban during his inauguration speech, saying it was important to include in the government former Taliban who were ready to renounce terrorism.

The message was posted on a Web site used by the Taliban, and was also e-mailed to journalists Wednesday from an address often used to send out Omar's messages.

Omar said the people of Afghanistan would not agree to any negotiations that would prolong the presence of foreign forces in the country.