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Taliban warn of 'dire consequences' if U.S. troops stay in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The leader of the Afghanistan Taliban has warned of "dire consequences" should the United State and Afghanistan agree to a proposed security pact.
Taliban: 2014 Afghan elections a 'waste of time'

Taliban: 2014 Afghan elections a 'waste of time'

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Taliban's talks with the government of Afghanistan are only aimed at getting all foreign troops out of the country, a statement released Tuesday said.

Commentary: Defense: Mutatis mutandis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Sequestration, or confiscating something of value, gave pause to reassess a U.S. defense budget that is now 46 percent of the entire world’s defense spending.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Pakistan frees 12 Taliban prisoners

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- At least 12 Taliban prisoners, including senior officials, have been released by Pakistan, Taliban and Afghan officials said Saturday.

Report: Taliban could accept U.S. troops

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Some senior Taliban officials are ready to accept a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, a not-yet-released report indicates.

Al-Qaida and Taliban ties still a concern

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Officials say documents found in the house where Osama bin Laden was killed show the close ties between the Taliban and al-Qaida.
Commentary: Afghan war fundamentals

Commentary: Afghan war fundamentals

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A fundamental flaw in geostrategic judgment is the erroneous belief that Taliban and al-Qaida are one and the same; they aren’t.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Mullah Omar never on FBI list

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was never on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists, an agency spokesman said.
Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Pakistan imbroglio that baffled the retiring U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a blend of overheated rhetoric, unhinged hyperbole and multidimensional chess.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large
Omar letter predicts Taliban victory

Omar letter predicts Taliban victory

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A lengthy message reportedly written by the leader of the Afghan Taliban predicts "imminent victory" over NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Mullah Omar disappears from public view

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 24 (UPI) -- The Afghan intelligence bureau cannot confirm whether Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who disappeared from his hideout, is alive, a spokesman said.
Reports say Mullah Omar killed

Reports say Mullah Omar killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 23 (UPI) -- Afghan private TV channels Monday reported Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had been killed in Pakistan but the Taliban denied the reports, Xinhua said.

Report: Taliban say Mullah Omar healthy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, reported to have suffered a heart attack, is "quite healthy," Pakistan's News International said, quoting the group.

Taliban leader said ready for peace talks

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, April 18 (UPI) -- Supreme Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar indicated he might be willing to have peace talks with Western politicians, The Sunday Times of London reported.
Commentary: Taliban vs. al-Qaida?

Commentary: Taliban vs. al-Qaida?

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- Three U.S administrations misread the hostile relationship between Taliban’s Mullah Omar and al-Qaida’s Osama Bin Laden. There were -- and still are -- "deep fissures behind a patina of Islamic unity." The still unknown history of missed opportunities.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Commentary: President Petraeus?

WASHINGTON, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- A three-way deal between the Afghan government, warlords and Taliban chief Mullah Omar is one way of keeping al-Qaida out of Afghanistan. After Iraq, we cannot afford another trillion-dollar war. Fewer than half the American public and only 41 percent of the prestigious Council on Foreign Relations believe the Taliban’s return to power can be averted.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Commentary: Talibanization and nukes

The wing of the Taliban led by Baitullah Mehsud wants to focus on the Talibanization of Pakistan.
ARNAUD DE BORCHGRAVE, UPI Editor at Large

Taliban leader blasts cross-border idea

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Mullah Mohammad Omar, the supreme leader of the Taliban, criticized calls for cross-border tribal councils between Pakistan and Afghanistan as a trap.

Taliban chief vows violence to increase

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 23 (UPI) -- The leader of the militant Taliban movement in Afghanistan warned that violence will increase and the government will be toppled.

Taliban announces summer terror plan

KABUL, Afghanistan, March 16 (UPI) -- The Taliban has announced plans for a summer campaign of terror using a large numbers of young recruits in which "Afghan soil will turn red."

Taliban vows to step up attacks

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar vowed Monday to step up attacks against US forces in the near future, Pakistani and Afghan news sources reported.

Taliban spokesman says Omar in Afghanistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- The self-styled Taliban spokesman -- captured earlier this week in Pakistan -- said Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is still in Afghanistan.

Afghan cleric shot and killed

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan, May 29 (UPI) -- A popular Afghan cleric and Taliban opponent has been killed by gunmen in southern Afghanistan, police said.

Tip leads to two senior Taliban arrests

KABUL, Afghanistan, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Acting on a tip from an informant, Afghanistan provincial forces arrested two top Taliban figures in southern Afghanistan, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.

Pakistani religious leader gunned down

KARACHI, Pakistan, May 31 (UPI) -- A Pakistani religious leader killed in Karachi this weekend was the Grand Teacher who trained Mullah Mohammad Omar, the elusive Taliban leader.
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