As the head of the Taliban, Mullah Omar has become one of the most infamous terrorists in the world. In 2001, the U.S. invaded Afghanistan after receiving reports that Omar had teamed up with Al Qaeda head Osama Bin Laden to plan the 9/11 attacks. Since then, Omar has been in hiding from U.S. forces with a $10 million bounty on his head.
According to The Hill, however, Omar died two or three years ago of natural causes.
Though the Taliban has neither confirmed or denied Omar’s death, multiple Afghan administration and intelligence agency officials have claimed that the terrorist leader is now deceased. Afghan President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani told the press that authorities are currently working to verify reports of his death.
“As soon as we get more authentication … we’re going to let the media and people of Afghanistan know about that,” spokesman Sayed Zafar Hashemi said.
Omar, who is known for having one eye, last issued a statement in mid-July, when he issued a text document on the Taliban website in support of peace talks between Ghani’s administration and the Taliban. Since the statement was only written down, it could easily have been put up by someone else.
This news comes as the Taliban is competing with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) for Afghanistan’s extremists. It is in the terrorist group’s best interests to pretend that Omar is alive as long as they can, as the figure has a lot of respect in the Muslim extremist community.
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