Taliban gives ultimatum to military chief

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The Islamic Taliban militia yesterday issued a surrender-or-else ultimatum to the military chief of President Burhanuddin Rabbani's government, which it ousted from the Afghan capital on Friday.

The Taliban commander said he sent Ahmad Shah Masood a letter saying that if he stopped fighting "we will forgive him", but, "if he goes on fighting, we will clear the area of his presence." Masood withdrew north to his Panjsher heartland base when Kabul fell. Reuter - Jabal Os-Siraj