30 Jul '15, 9pm

Taliban confirms Mullah Omar is dead

Taliban confirms Mullah Omar is dead

The Taliban’s spokesman, Zabihulla Mujahid, released a statement via Twitter earlier today confirming that Mullah Omar, the group’s first emir, is dead. The statement is attributed to Omar’s family and the Taliban’s shura council. A screen shot of one of his tweets concerning Omar’s death can be seen above. Reports of Omar’s demise rocketed through the worldwide media over the past two days, with the Afghan government saying that Omar has been dead since April 2013. The Taliban’s political office apparently admitted this was true on its own official Twitter feed, but other accounts imply he passed away more recently. The statement released by Mujahid says that Omar suffered from a long-term illness and only succumbed in the past two weeks. The message also says, however, that Omar “never left Afghanistan for one day” during the 14 years since the September 11, 2001 terrori...

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