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To: tsigprofit who wrote (1080)5/9/2003 2:15:27 PM
From: Thomas M.   of 20773
Taliban appears to be regrouped and well-funded

A new hierarchy of leaders has emerged across parts of Afghanistan.

By Scott Baldauf and Owais Tohid

KABUL, AFGHANISTAN – As the fiery chief justice of the Taliban's Supreme Court, Abdul Salam shook the world once, proclaiming the right to execute foreign aid workers accused of converting Afghans to Christianity.

Today, not only is Justice Salam back, talking to a foreign reporter for the first time since the Taliban fell a year and a half ago, but he says the Taliban are back as well. Regrouped, rearmed, and well-funded, they are ready to carry on guerrilla war as long as it takes to expel US forces from Afghanistan.

It's what Afghans want, "because during the Taliban times, there was peace and security," says Salam, who retains the long gray beard that marks him as a devout Muslim.

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