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Mullah Omar released an Eid al Adha message on the Taliban's propaganda website, Voice of Jihad. Omar called on the Taliban to keep fighting and limit civilian casualties.
The Taliban released a statement congratulating Hamas for obtaining the release of more than 1,000 prisoners in exchange for a captive Israeli soldier. The Taliban said the trade "can be considered as one of the heaviest blows to the Zionists."
Tayyab Agha, a former aide to Mullah Omar, is said to have gone missing. ISAF and the Afghan government believe Agha has a mandate from Omar to conduct peace negotiations; the Taliban have denied this.
The UN added the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan to the sanctions list for global terrorist activities. Leaders Hakeemullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman were added in October 2010. The UK's ambassador to the UN said the Afghan Taliban were not added to the list in order to help the reconciliation process.
The Taliban denied media reports that said Mullah Omar had died of natural causes. The Taliban claimed the US hacked their website and cell phones to spread the rumor.
The United Nations removed 14 Taliban members from the terrorist sanctions list. Four members of the Afghan High Peace Council were removed from the list.
The Taliban refuted reports that it sought to engage in negotiations with the West over a peaceful settlement of the Afghan war. "The rumor about negotiation with America is not more than the talks aimed at the exchange of prisoners," the Taliban said in a statement emailed to the media.
Canada has blacklisted the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan for being a terrorist entity. The designation prevents Canadians from "knowingly dealing with assets owned or controlled by the TTP."
The Taliban were dismissive of President Obama's plan to withdraw 33,000 US troops by next summer. In an official statement, the Taliban described the plan as "as a symbolic step which will never satisfy the war weary international community or the American people."
The United Nations Security Council unanimously voted to delink the Taliban from the al Qaeda terrorism sanctions list. There are 138 Taliban leaders and operatives on the list.
The Taliban denied reports that Mullah Omar was killed. "We strongly reject these baseless allegations," a spokesman said. Afghan intelligence claimed Omar was killed while being moved from Quetta to North Waziristan.
Hamid Gul, the former head of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence, is reported to have asked Mullah Omar to leave Quetta in Pakistan and return to Afghanistan or Iran. The ISI would facilitate Omar's move to either country, the report said.
The Taliban condemned Western involvement in Libya as "colonialism." The Taliban described the operation as a "politically-motivated and uncalled-for intervention and adventure of the Western countries in the internal conflict of the people of Libya," and an attempt to grab oil.
The Taliban announced that it kidnapped Colin Rutherford, a Canadian citizen who reportedly was traveling in the Afghan-Pakistan region, and claimed he was a spy. Rutherford was captured by the Taliban in Ghazni province.
Pakistani Taliban spokesman Azam Tariq warned the Pakistani government not to free the US consular official accused of murdering two people in Lahore. "If (Pakistani) rulers hand him over to America then we will target these rulers. If Pakistani courts cannot punish Davis then they should hand him over to us," said Tariq. "We will give exemplary punishment to the killer Davis."
The Taliban, via its propaganda arm, the Voice of Jihad, released a statement in support of the ouster of former Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. The Taliban said Mubarak's resignation signaled an end to US power and influence in the Middle East.
The Taliban executed Sultan Amir Tarar, who is better known as Colonel Imam, in North Waziristan. Tarar is called the godfather of the Taliban for advising and training the group during its rise to power in the 1990s.
The US government added Qari Hussain Mehsud to the list of specially designated global terrorists. Qari Hussain is the Taliban's "master of suicide bombers" and has been responsible for numerous attacks in Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the US.
Rumors of the death of Qari Hussain Mehsud, the Taliban's 'trainer of suicide bombers,' have resurfaced after a provincial minister claimed he was killed in an October Predator strike. The Taliban have previously denied reports of his death.