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Taleban: We Will Avenge any U-S Military Strike on Afghanistan - 2001-09-14


Afghanistan's Taleban leaders are vowing to avenge any possible military retaliation by the United States after Tuesday's terrorist attacks on New York and Washington.

In a radio address to the nation Friday, the Taleban's reclusive supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, told the Afghan people to stand up to any U-S attack with courage and self-respect.

He said Afghanistan will beat back the United States as it did the Soviet occupation in the 1980s.

Many Afghans did not seem encouraged by Mullah Omar's words Friday. Some said they are planning to flee Kabul while others are resigning themselves to a possible assault on their country.

Mullah Omar has said neither Osama bin Laden -- believed to be hiding in Afghanistan -- or the Taleban had the capacity to train the suicide pilots who smashed hijacked planes into the World Trade Center in New York and the Pentagon in Washington.

The United States has named Osama bin Laden as a prime suspect in the attacks.

The Associated Press reports that Mullah Omar has been moved to a new hideout from his usual secret location in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan.

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