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Coventina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 09:41 AM
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Taliban vows violent response to US troop increase
Source: Associated Press

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) The Taliban's fugitive leader said the planned increase in U.S. troops in Afghanistan will give his fighters incentive to kill and maim more Americans than ever.

Mullah Omar, who is believed to be sheltered by fiercely conservative tribesman on the Afghan-Pakistan border, said battles would "flare up" everywhere.

"The current armed clashes, which now number into tens, will spiral up to hundred of armed clashes. Your current casualties of hundreds will jack up to thousand casualties of dead and injured," said the statement, which was written in broken English and posted on a Web site Sunday that has previously carried militant messages.

Violence in Afghanistan has spiked in the last two years, and 2008 has been the deadliest year for U.S. troops since the 2001 invasion to oust the Taliban for hosting al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden.



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fbahrami Donating Member (154 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Dec-08-08 10:35 AM
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1. Surprised?
What else would you expect?
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