The Taliban’s elusive leader, Mullah Omar, has released a statement on the occasion of the Eid holiday. In a nutshell, he calls Afghanistan home to all of its ethnic groups, instructs the Taliban to minimize civilian casualties, and bans night letters and threatening phone calls.
It’s text has been released in Urdu, Pashto, Dari and English. They have also released what they claim to be the voice of “Mullah Omar Mujahid” reading his message. The audio below is from the Taliban, helpfully made available to me by Sharifullah Sahak of the New York Times.
More on this message later.