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 October 26, 2003
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Afghan Taliban Leader
Sunday,September21,2003,2:47 PM
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Kabul, Afghanistan-AP -- The Taliban's supreme commander has reportedly been meeting with other leaders about reorganizing their war against U-S forces and the current Afghan government.

A spokesman claiming to be speaking for Mullah Mohammed Omar (MOO'-lah moh-HAHM'-ed oh-MAHR') says a council -- or shura (SHOO'-ruh) -- has appointed four committees to oversee military, political, cultural and economic areas.

The spokesman delivered the news in a call to Associated Press reporters in Afghanistan and Pakistan. One of the reporters says he recognized the man's voice as a Taliban militant.

The spokesman said he was calling from outside Afghanistan. He offered no information on where Omar was holding his meetings.

A senior Afghan intelligence officer says he thinks today's message is part of a psychological ploy to get a message out that there are some operations under way.

The U-S-led coalition lists Omar as one of its top most wanted men, along with terrorist mastermind Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaida lieutenants.

Copyright 2003 Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

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