The USG Open Source Center Translates the Taliban reaction to President Barack Obama’s Nobel Peace Prize.
Afghan Taleban ‘strongly’ condemn Obama peace prize – agency
Afghan Islamic Press
Friday, October 9, 2009
Document Type: OSC Translated Text
Afghan Taleban “strongly” condemn Obama peace prize – agency
Text of report by private Pakistan-based Afghan Islamic Press news agency
Kabul, 9 October: Taleban says Obama is following Bush’s pathway.
Talking to the Afghan Islamic Press (AIP) on US President Obama’s winning of noble peace prize, Taleban spokesman Zabihollah Mojahed said that Obama was following Bush’s path so it would not be correct to declare him as Nobel Peace Prize winner.
Mojahed added that they did not see any change in Bush and Obama’s policy. Obama is also following up Bush’s policies and it was not suitable for him to win the peace prize. We strongly condemn this act, he said.
He added that if Obama really wanted peace all over the world he should pull his troops out of Afghanistan so there will be peace in Afghanistan and all over the world.
Mojahed said that since Obama took office the war has continued in Afghanistan and that US troops had killed and wounded thousands of Afghans and forced them to leave their houses, and that the war was still going on.
“Our nation is occupied by US and other nations, so how is it possible that Obama wins peace prize?”, he said.
He said that if US President Barack Obama really wants peace all over the world he should withdraw his forces from Afghanistan and send a real message of peace to the entire world.
(Description of Source: Peshawar Afghan Islamic Press in Pashto — Peshawar-based agency, staffed by Afghans. The agency used to have good contacts with Taliban leadership; however, since the fall of the Taliban regime, it now describes itself as independent and self-financing)
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