Taliban leader in Afghanistan rejects talks

Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is once again denying that the insurgents are open to talks with the Afghan government.

Last Updated: Nov 16, 2010, 00:40 AM IST

Kabul: Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is
once again denying that the insurgents are open to talks with
the Afghan government.

In a message for the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, Omar
says the insurgents of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan are
winning the war.

In an e-mailed statement, he says, "Claims about
negotiation, flexibility in the stance of the Islamic Emirate
are mere baseless propaganda."

He asserts that "the enemy wants to cover up its failure
in Afghanistan by wrongfully raising hollow hopes in the
hearts of their respective people."

He says in today`s message that the insurgents` strategy
is to increase operations countrywide, then "compel the enemy
to come out from their hide-outs and then crush them through
tactical raids."

PTI