Taliban Calls on Obama to Withdraw U.S. Troops from Afghanistan

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The situation in Afghanistan and Pakistan is just one of several thorny foreign policy and national security issues the President-elect will face come January 21. From Reuters:

The Afghan Taliban on Wednesday called upon U.S. President-elect Barack Obama to withdraw troops from Afghanistan and usher in an "era of peace" in the world.

"We want him (Obama) to change the policies of President (George W.) Bush. He could end the years-long war by withdrawing U.S. and allied troops from Afghanistan, " Qari Mohammad Yusuf Ahmadi, spokesman for the Taliban, told the Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic press.

Ahmadi said an increase in troops in Afghanistan would not make any difference.

"Even if a soldier is tied to every stone in Afghanistan, the West would not be able to (bring into ) being a government of its choice in Afghanistan," an earlier report by the Taliban spokesman as U.S. election results were still coming in said.

Barack Obama, in an indirect reference to terrorists, has said that the United States would defeat them.

"To those who tear the world down, we will defeat you," Obama said in his victory speech in Chicago.

Why not just name them directly? The PC parsing of words has done little to benefit the U.S. thus far in the War on Terror. Then again, an acceptance speech may not have been the right time. At any rate, Obama has pledged to send more troops to Afghanistan in past statements.

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