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Who is Mullah Omar?

Mullah Omar (the founder of the Taliban) is known to be one of the most renowned figures in the Taliban, Afghanistan, and internationally as well, also remained as Emir of Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001. Omar was born in 1960 near Kandahar, Afghanistan, and died in 2013. The rumors regarding his death place are still uncertain some reports suggest that He died in Pakistan; some say that He died in Afghanistan. Omar was also part of the mujahedeen force which fought against the Soviets from 1978 to 1992.

Omar has been described as introverted and cryptic by journalists who have examined him attentively. No western journalist has ever met him, and he hasn’t been seen in public since 2001. He implemented a severe version of Sharia law throughout Afghanistan, including amputation of limbs for theft and stoning for adultery.

Important Events of Mullah M. Omar’s Life

Mullah Omar was the head of the Taliban government which came into power in 1996, after killing the President of Afghanistan of that time. During his reign, the US asked Mullah Omar to hand over Osama Bin Laden to them who was involved in many terrorist attacks and was a big external threat to the USA as well. Mullah Omar denied extraditing him which forced the US to move to Afghanistan to fight the threats they were having from the Taliban.

In 2001, the arrival of the United States in Afghanistan ousted Mullah Omar and the Taliban government. After the US invasion of Afghanistan in 2001 which overthrew the Taliban rule, Mullah Omar and Osama Bin Laden both were on the run and were not seen or caught despite the heavy intelligence and efforts of the US since 2001. The US was so desperate to catch Mullah Omar that they set  $10m bounties on Omar. Mullah Omar was the one who backed Al-Qaeda and Osama Bin Laden.

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The Taliban Flag showing the Shahada

The main reason behind Omar’s success in making so much impact and becoming a powerful figure among the Afghan’s and Taliban was during the mid-1990’s He accumulated students from all over Afghanistan, trained them among his command, and was successful in the takeover of the cities of Afghanistan.

After Afghanistan’s civil conflict in the early 1990s, the Taliban, which means “students” in Pashto, was created. As a result of the instability and anarchy, Mullah Mohammad Omar founded the Taliban in 1994. The organization began with only a few dozen members before becoming immensely powerful and expanding its membership by enlisting former Mujahideens who were responsible for driving Soviet forces out of Afghanistan.

It details his military exploits against the Russians between 1983 and 1991, including four wounds and the loss of his right eye. Mullah Omar took over as leader of the Islamic mujahideen in 1994 to deal with the “factional conflict” among warlords that erupted after the communist system fell apart in 1992. In 1996, he was given the title of “ameer-ul-momineen” (head of the pious believers).

According to a new book, fugitive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan. Omar never hid in Pakistan, according to Bette Dam’s book The Secret Life of Mullah Omar. Instead, he hid in his home province of Zabul, just three kilometers from a large US Forward Operating Base. In December 2001, Mullah Omar handed over the power of the Taliban to his defense minister, Mullah Obaidullah. He resided three miles from Forwarding Operating Base Wolverine, which housed 1,000 US troops and was occasionally home to US Navy Seals and British SAS units. To escape detection, Omar would occasionally hide in irrigation tunnels.

When Omar had to release any statement it was released through the other leaders of his faction. He never revealed himself. Even for years no recording or audios of Mullah Omar were released this created a doubt that whether He is dead, alive, or ill.

The Time when Omar almost got caught

In 2001 following the 9/11 attack, when Omar was on the hide, after which the US set the bounty of $10m, Omar was almost caught two times.

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 He was living at the compound where the family which was residing had no idea who their guest was. Once US forces were on the patrol near the compound where Omar along with His bodyguard Omari was there as well in the courtyard, unfortunately, the soldiers passed from there and did not enter the premises of the house.

Emir of Afghanistan

And for the second time, US forces even entered the house but they were not able to find out or discover the secret room of Mullah Omar where He was hiding. It does not confirm whether the Patrol teams of the US army for two times went on the information of someone or it was just a regular search of the area.

When the US began construction of forwarding Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred meters from Omar’s hideout, he chose to relocate. He later relocated to a new structure. The Pentagon built the Forward Operating Base Wolverine nearby not long after. This site became home to 1,000 US troops, with Special Forces from both the US and the UK stationed there on occasion.

How Did Mullah Omar Died?

On April 23, 2013, Omar died of Tuberculosis. The Taliban kept his killing a secret for two years until it was disclosed in July 2015 by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security.

The mud house in which Mullah Omar the Emir of Afghanistan hid in his last days

The Afghan government said on July 29, 2015, that its intelligence service had learned that \Omar had died in Pakistan in April 2013. The following day, a Taliban spokesperson confirmed Mullah Omar’s death, and his deputy, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was named as his successor.

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