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Afghan Taliban leader warns against pact with U.S.

Jul. 25, 2014 - 02:25PM   |  
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KABUL, AFGHANISTAN — The Taliban's reclusive leader is warning that a bilateral security pact allowing foreign troops to stay in Afghanistan beyond the end of this year will mean more fighting.

In a blow to hopes for peace talks, Mullah Mohammad Omar said Friday in an emailed message that the Islamic militant movement won't end its war until the last foreigner leaves.

The Afghan government has agreed in principle to a security agreement that would allow nearly 10,000 U.S. soldiers to remain in a mainly training and advisory capacity. The deal has yet to be signed, although both candidates vying to replace President Hamid Karzai have promised to do so.

Mullah Omar says the "presence of limited number of troops under whatever title it may be will mean continuation of occupation and the war."

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