Taliban announces that it poses no international threat
Jason Burke and Chris McGreal, The Guardian, 8 October 2009
The Taliban have said they pose no threat to the west, in a statement apparently intended to influence the debate over the future of the war in Afghanistan.
The announcement appeared on several websites used by the Taliban. It will be scrutinised by Barack Obama's national security advisers, who are reported to be pressing him to shift the focus of the war from the Taliban in Afghanistan to al-Qaida in Pakistan.