Taliban Leader Said to Warn U.S. on War

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KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A message on Saturday attributed to the Taliban’s reclusive leader, Mullah Omar, said that the United States and NATO should study Afghanistan’s long history of war, a pointed reminder that foreign forces have had limited military success in the country.

The message for the approaching holiday of Id al-Fitr, which ends the fasting month of Ramadan, said Western nations should study the military history of Afghanistan, starting with Pashtun tribesmen’s thwarting of Alexander the Great and up through more recent invasions.

“We would like to point out that we fought against the British invaders for 80 years from 1839 to 1919 and ultimately got independence by defeating” Britain, the statement attributed to Mullah Omar said.

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