Taliban say Guantanamo closure "positive step"

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    LONDON (Reuters) - The Taliban told U.S. President Barack Obama on Tuesday that his plan to close Guantanamo Bay prison camp was a "positive step" but peace was only possible if he withdraws U.S. forces from Afghanistan and Iraq.

    The Taliban, toppled in the 2001 U.S.-led invasion of Afghanistan, also told the new president that sending more troops to Afghanistan "and the use of force against the independent peoples of the world, has lost its effectiveness."

    A day after being sworn in last week, Obama ordered the closure of the prison at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, where prisoners have been detained for years without charge, some subjected to interrogation that human rights groups say amounted to torture.

    Obama has ordered a full review of U.S. strategy in Afghanistan, where he has pledged to boost troop levels and take the initiative against the growing Taliban insurgency.

    Osama bin Laden is believed to be hiding in the remote, mountainous border region of Pakistan near Afghanistan.

    "Obama's move to close Guantanamo detention center is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world...," the Taliban said in a message posted on Islamist websites, monitored by the U.S.-based terrorism monitor, the SITE Intelligence Group.

    The message said Obama had to reverse the policies of former President George W. Bush in Afghanistan and the Islamic world.

    "If Obama is right and, according to his words, wants to open a new page based on peaceful interaction built on mutual respect with the Islamic world, the first thing he has to do is to stop and annul all these procedures, which were created according to Bush's criminal policy," it said.

    "He must completely withdraw all his forces from the two occupied Islamic countries (Afghanistan and Iraq), and to stop defending Israel against Islamic interests in the Middle East and the entire world," the Taliban message said.

    Obama has named former U.N. Ambassador Richard Holbrooke the first U.S. envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, a region Obama called "the central front" in the battle against terrorism.

    Taliban say Guantanamo closure positive step | International | Reuters
     
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    Thank goodness the Taliban approves!
     
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    lol Apparently everyone loves our President even if he has promised to kill them.
     
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    Yay, we've made them happy! It must have been the right thing to do!
     
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    hell --let's invite em over here and give them a parade !
     
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    YOu know the Christian adage..."What would Jesus say" or "What would Jesus do...."

    We now can change that to..."What would the Taliban do?"

    Our new heroes. I'm so proud.
     
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    Since when do you Republicans give a fuck about Osama? Least if you follow what Bush says.

    Think Progress ยป Bush: Bin Laden Will Be ‘Gotten By A President’ (But Probably Not This One)

    So put down the rocks kiddos.

    Also, I'm pretty sure there was a story about the Taliban wanting John McCain to win at some point. Why didn't I see all these faces posting about THAT?
     
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    Ah, I love irrational Bush hatred. I wonder, will it continue to be used to justify every idiotic thing that happens after he's in his grave?

    How long can you maintain this level of...excitement....over Bush?
     
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    I don't, but you voted for him did you not? He represents your views while in power, so by definition; you don't give a fuck.

    I don't hate Bush, I dislike the man and have no respect for him but I don't hate him. Though I have a good reason or two to hate him if I wanted to.
     
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    Let's see now. . . . How long have they been complaining about Hoover?
     

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