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Taliban warns of aiding U.S.

September 16, 2001

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— Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime said Saturday it would wage war on any nation that helped the United States retaliate against it for Tuesday's terrorist attack in New York and Washington.

The warning, issued by the Taliban embassy here, appeared designed to intimidate other Islamic states into refusing to aid the United States, especially Pakistan.

"If neighboring or regional countries, particularly Islamic countries, gave a positive response to American demand for military bases, it would spark off extraordinary danger," said the Taliban's ambassador to Pakistan, Mullah Abdul Salam Zaeef.

Taliban leaders insisted that they were not singling out Pakistan, but was threatening "any" country.

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