Taliban urges Obama to end Bush's foreign policies

Taliban insurgents battling the US-backed Afghan government urged President-elect Barack Obama to change course in US foreign policy and withdraw American troops from both Afghanistan and Iraq, an Internet monitoring service said Tuesday. The message posted on a Web site used by the Taliban claimed Obama's victory "reveals the collective willingness of American people not to continue the current despicable and anti-human wars in Afghanistan and Iraq," SITE Intelligence Group said. The authors claimed that Obama had promised to end Bush's policies pledging to "recover the dwindling American economy and find a niche in the comity of nations." But while Obama has said he intends to draw down US troops levels in Iraq, he has repeatedly called for an increase in troops in Afghanistan to combat a resurgence of the Taliban and al-Qaida.