A new biography book, “Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam has highlighted some embarrassing failures of American intelligence as Taliban founder Mullah Omar never lived in Pakistan added that he lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years.
The book was published in Dutch last month and some of its extracts were published in English by a new think-tank Zomia. “He never lived in Pakistan. Instead, he spent the remainder of his life in a pair of small villages in the remote, mountainous province of Zabul,” Dam was told by Abdul Jabbar Omari, Mullah Omar s bodyguard from the moment the Taliban leader went into hiding until his death in 2013.
Omari was the person who traveled to Pakistan to share the news of Mullah Omar s death with the senior Taliban commanders. He was arrested after his return and remains in the custody of Afghan intelligence agency National Directorate of Security (or NDS) since 2017. Afghan government and Taliban didn’t t immediately comment on the new claims.
Mullah Mohammad Omar widely known as Mullah Omar, was an Afghan mujahideen commander who founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996. He became wanted by the U.S. Government after being accused of harbouring Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda militants after the September 11 attacks. He fled the American invasion of Afghanistan and then directed the Taliban insurgency against NATO-led forces and the new government of Afghanistan.
Omar died in April 2013 of tuberculosis. His death was kept secret by the Taliban for two years until it was revealed in July 2015 by Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security.
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