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Taleban Leader Vows to Drive Foreign Troops From Afghanistan


Fugitive Taleban leader Mullah Omar says he is confident his followers will drive foreign troops out of Afghanistan.

The message was sent to news agencies Friday. In it, he says Afghanistan has a history of expelling its enemies by force and that no aggressive force has left the country willingly.

Omar also dismissed a proposal by Afghan and Pakistani officials to hold tribal councils on both sides of their border to end the violence. He said the councils are a "trap" created by aggressors and puppets.

The authenticity of the message could not be verified.

The U.S. government has offered a $10 million reward for Omar's arrest. He went into hiding shortly after U.S.-led forces forced the Taleban from power in Afghanistan in 2001.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.