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Taliban Leader Threatens Obama

by Bruce Riedel

Mullah Omar, the elusive leader of the Afghan Taliban, has released a bold message to the White House, warning that any plan to boost troop levels in Afghanistan could lead to "bitterness and pain." The Daily Beast's Bruce Riedel decodes the chilling message.

On the eve of President Barack Hussein Obama's announcement of troop levels in Afghanistan next week, his enemy Mullah Mohammed Omar has thrown down the gauntlet. In a major message to mark the Muslim holiday of Eid al Adha this week, the commander of the Afghan Taliban addressed "the rulers of the White House" about their plans to increase troop numbers in Afghanistan and to pursue "illogical strategies" that he promises will only lead to "bitterness and pain."

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