- The Washington Times - Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Taliban militants in Afghanistan taunted the U.S. on Wednesday, blaming “selfish and empty-minded American leaders” for the recent government shutdown.

A statement issued by the terrorist organization on its official website described how U.S. institutions have been “paralyzed” by the political gridlock, Al Arabiya reported.


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“The American people should realize that their politicians play with their destinies as well as the destinies of other oppressed nations for the sake of their personal vested interests,” the statement said.

The statement also claimed that U.S. lawmakers were guilty of taking U.S. citizens’ money “earned with great difficulty” and then “lavishly spending the same money in shedding the blood of the innocent and oppressed people … this money should be utilized for the sake of peace,” according to Al Arabiya.