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Taleban Supreme Leader to Afghans: Stand Up to Possible U-S Strikes - 2001-09-14


Afghanistan's Taleban supreme leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, is calling on Afghans to stand up to possible U-S retaliation for Tuesday's terror attacks in New York and Washington.

In a radio address to the nation, Mullah Omar urged people in Afghanistan to show courage and honor according to what he calls the "traditions of Muslims and Afghans."

The reclusive Taleban leader says the United States is looking for an excuse to attack Afghanistan where, he says, a true Islamic system is in place. But he says any U-S action against Afghanistan will be defeated as was an earlier invasion by the Soviet Union.

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

Mullah Omar has said neither Osama bin Laden, one of the prime suspects behind the U-S attacks, nor Afghanistan itself had the capacity to train the suicide pilots who crashed hijacked planes into landmark buildings in New York and Washington.

Saudi dissident Osama bin Laden has been living in exile in Afghanistan as a guest of the Taleban.

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