Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan: Book

Elias Hubbard
Марта 11, 2019

Mullah Omar, the former supreme leader of the Taliban, never lived in Pakistan, something U.S. intelligence officials have long claimed. The US had $10m bounty on Omar's head after the 9/11 terror attacks.

Dutch journalist Bette Dam alleges Mohammed Omar, who was considered head of the Taliban between 1994 and 2013, had been living close to the base while U.S. soldiers continued to search for him.

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. After 2001, Mullah Omar never stepped foot in Pakistan, instead opting to hide in his native land- and for eight years, lived just a few miles from a major US Forward Operating Base that housed thousands of soldiers", she wrote.

Since 2006, Dam has reported from Afghanistan and the new book took more than five years to complete.

In 2015, the National Directorate of Security, Afghanistan's intelligence agency, and the Afghan presidential office announced, based on "credible information", that he had died in a Karachi hospital.

She managed to speak to Jabbar Omari, the man who effectively became Omar's bodyguard when he went into hiding after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Under Obaidullah's management the Taliban agreed to surrender and retire from the war.

Bette Dam's The Secret Life of Mullah Omar says the leader never hid in Pakistan as believed by the US.

Omar reportedly stayed at Omari's former driver's house. The entrance of this secret room was hidden behind what looked like a high cupboard on the wall.

As per the report, the USA forces came close to finding Omar twice.

Omar made a decision to move when the USA started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout.

"As the population turned against the government due to its corruption and American atrocities, they began to offer food and clothing to the household for Omari and his mysterious friend [Mullah Omar]". The paper is a precursor to an investigative biography on Mullah Omar by the same author Searching for An Enemy.

He died on April 23, 2013 after falling ill in Afghanistan.

The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but U.S. forces twice nearly found him.

Despite claims by the militants, Omar could not run the Taliban group from his hiding places.

The Taliban leader's importance, the Dutch journalist says, "lay in what he represented to both sides, not in what he actually did".

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