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Jihad in Afghanistan to continue

Says Pak Taliban leade

Top Pakistani Taliban warlord Baitullah Mehsud on Saturday said jihad, or holy war, would continue in Afghanistan, despite peace negotiations between the militants and Islamabad.
"Islam does not recognise boundaries and jihad in Afghanistan will continue," he told a group of reporters invited to his stronghold of South Waziristan tribal district near the Afghan border.
The Taliban, driven from power in Afghanistan by a US-led invasion in 2001, are active on the border tribal zone, where the Pakistani army has fought the Islamists since 2003.
The new government in Islamabad launched talks with local Taliban soon after winning elections in February, amid concerns that Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf's military approach was spawning more violence.
Washington has been concerned by the change in policy since the coalition government was formed six weeks ago and began talks with the Taliban, whom US and Nato troops suspect are sending men to fight in Afghanistan.

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