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Taliban leader calls for peace talks, new attacks on foreign troops

Taliban leader calls for peace talks, new attacks on foreign troops

KABUL, Afghanistan -- The reclusive leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban said Tuesday that his militant group was willing to begin peace negotiations, even as he urged stepped-up attacks on foreign troops to force them out of the country. In a lengthy and wide-ranging email message, Mullah Mohammad Omar called on Afghans to boycott elections scheduled for early 2014 and urged Afghan police, soldiers and paramilitary personnel to turn their guns on foreign troops -- as well as Afghan government troops cooperating with U.S.-led coalition forces. In a separate development, individual members of the Afghan High Peace Council -- a group appointed by President Hamid Karzai to negotiate with...

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