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Mullah Omar not off the US target list Pentagon

Mullah Omar not off the US target list Pentagon

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Jan 10, 2015 - 11:37

WASHINGTON (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon leader, Mullahinfo-icon Omar, is not off the target list of the US forces in Afghanistaninfo-icon, the Pentagon said Friday. 

“No,” the Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Admiral John Kirby told reporters at a news conference when asked if the Taliban leader is off the US target list. “To the degree he is still targeting our Afghan allies and US troops, yes, he remains a threat,” Kirby said.

The Pentagon applauded President Ashraf Ghani's efforts to stand up his government. “We are grateful for the work and the efforts that he's already put in place and the trajectory that this relationship is on now that we have a new mission inside Afghanistan,” Kirby said.

Kirby said that “more broadly, we're grateful for the support that we've already received from this new administration in Afghanistan, for President Ghani's strong leadership, and for the trajectory that the relationship is on right now.”

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