THE Taliban called on US President Barack Obama to close all "evil" US detention centres for militants, "completely withdraw" from Iraq and Afghanistan and "stop defending Israel".Coming of last week's approving nods from Fidel Castro and Hugo Chavez, this makes a nice trifecta of new pals for Obama.
The message, a copy of which was obtained from the SITE Intelligence Group, called on Mr Obama to take these steps to reverse the "satanic policies" of his predecessor, George W Bush.
"Obama's move to close Guantanamo detention centre is a positive step for peace and stability in the region and the world," said the message, which was posted on online jihadist forums.
"If Barack Obama sincerely wants real stability and peace in the world, he should not only close Guantanamo.
"Rather, he should void all those evil projects established in the light of Bush's satanic perspective of instability in the world."
Mr Obama signed executive orders in his first week in office to ban torture, shut secret overseas CIA detention centres and close the US military prison at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where some 245 detainees are still held.
The Guantanamo prison camp was established in 2002 as a means to hold detainees beyond the reach of US courts.
The US also holds approximately 600 detainees at the US airbase in Bagram, Afghanistan, the fate of which Mr Obama has not yet decreed.
The Taliban issued a stern warning to Mr Obama should he not heed their advice. "It is imperative that Obama, before he gets hit with the same fate as the Communist empire, must find potential ways to carry a message of peace and stability to the world," the message said.
Can some outreach and dialogue be far behind?