Can we pick who goes?\n\nThe Taliban asked the US Congress to send a fact-finding team to Afghanistan to investigate the "lies and propaganda" of the US military.\nThe Daily Times reported:\nThe Taliban called on the US Congress on Sunday to send a \u201cfact-finding mission\u201d to Afghanistan to investigate what they called the lies and propaganda spread by American military chiefs to prolong the war. The statement, addressed to \u201cMessers American Congressmen,\u201d was emailed to AFP and signed by Qari Mohammad Yousuf Ahmadi, \u201cspokesman of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan\u201d.\n\nIt suggested that the US Congressional team travel throughout Afghanistan to uncover \u201cground realities\u201d it said are being concealed by military leaders eager to give the impression of victory. The resistance to the US-led war against the Taliban was indigenous, the group said, contrary to claims by Washington it was influenced from outside the country.\n\nThe Taliban occasionally issue such statements, which are generally dismissed by Washington and its partners backing the Kabul government. \u201cCan a few militants stand up to armed forces of 40 countries including the strongest countries of the world,\u201d Sunday\u2019s statement said, referring to the US-NATO alliance. \u201cIn fact the current armed jihad is a country-wide resistance against you. Men and women, old and young from every tribe, ethnicity, caste and area have arisen to oppose you\u201d. \u201cThus by your intending to wipe out the resistance, you have chosen the way of committing genocide of the whole nation,\u201d it said. The Taliban said that if the US government would not provide proof of its claims, \u201cthen how about another experiment? Send a team to Afghanistan on a fact-finding mission.\u201d \u201cThe team should have freedom of movement and should be allowed to remain far from the clutches of your intelligence agencies,\u201d it said.