Taliban releases mud house photos claiming Mullah Omar lived here

For years United States and Afghan intelligence believed the Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar lived in Pakistan until his death, but lately the militant group has released modest mud house photos of southeastern Afghanistan claiming the leader lived here.

Omar died in 2013 and Taliban announced about it in 2015. Throughout the years then the group said Omar lived in Afghanistan and not in Pakistan.

From 1996 to 2001 the Taliban imposed harsh version of Islamic law in most parts of the country. In 2001 the group was toppled. In recent months the group has been involved in peace talks with United States officials.

The Taliban said Omar mainly lived in Zabul Province after 2001 and sometimes he had hid in nearby Uruzgan.

According to Taliban spokesman Zabibullah Mujahid the chief used to sometime sit under the sun in a small garden.

The claims of Taliban are yet to be verified, but lately Dutch journalist Bette Dam released a research that suggests Omar never hid in Pakistan but lived near a US base in Afghanistan.

The journalist called it as US intelligence failure and revealed in her book “Op Zoek Naar De Vijand” that she interviewed many Taliban members for five years.

She mentioned, “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 U.S. Forward Operating Base that housed thousands of soldiers.”

Paul Linus