Afghanistan: Allies can't end violence - Omar
Taliban's fugitive leader Mulla Omar has claimed that the coalition and Afghan government do not have the wisdom to solve the escalating violence in Afghanistan, according to an audiotape aired on Sunday by Geo Television.
The tape was apparently made during a recent meeting of Taliban leaders in the southern Afghan province of Helmand, the network claimed. "They cannot solve the issue of Afghanistan based on their wisdom and thinking," said the speaker on the tape, who Geo said was Omar but whose identity could not be immediately authenticated.
The tape comes amid the deadliest campaign of militant violence since the Taliban's ouster in 2001. US-led forces have launched their largest ever anti-Taliban offensive - Operation Mountain Thrust - across southern Afghanistan.
The Geo reporter said that the tape also included Omar's purported claim that the Taliban control large areas of the country. Afghan officials had no immediate comment on the tape, which Geo said was obtained in an email from Taliban representatives in Afghan capital Kabul. Geo officials also could not be reached for comment.
The tape was the first allegedly by Omar since July 2005, when he had vowed in another audio statement that the Taliban would continue to fight coalition forces.
Omar led the Taliban in the capture of Kabul in 1996, which ended roughly five years of civil war in Afghanistan that killed about 50,000 people.
Omar's exact whereabouts have been unclear but he is believed to be hiding in areas along the Pak-Afghan border as well as in southern regions of his war-torn country. Link
db: The coalition does not lack wisdom - I don't know what Mulla Omar is going on about. As the NATO sec gen said - you just kill all the 'spoilers', maybe 50-100 per day [whilst simultaneously winning hearts and minds] and everything will work out fine in the end.