The Taliban’s reclusive leader said in a Muslim holiday message yesterday that his fighters must protect Afghan civilians, who are dying in rising numbers, so the insurgency can maintain good relations with the population. Mullah Mohammad Omar posted his message on the Taliban’s website ahead of next week’s Eid al-Adha, or Feast of Sacrifice, when Muslims around the world slaughter sheep and cattle in remembrance of Abraham’s near-sacrifice of his son.
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