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Taliban Leader Mullah Omar Missing

By William Tucker

Coming so soon after the successful raid that killed al-Qaeda emir Usama bin Laden, there are now several reports that Mullah Omar has gone missing, and perhaps, has been killed. Thus far it looks as if these reports stem from a story in TOLOnews, and Afghani outlet, which claims to have received the news from a source in Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security.

With only one source making this claim it is interesting that the international media picked up on it so quickly, but with bin Laden’s death taking place earlier in the month the response is understandable. The Taliban have denied the report, but they haven’t offered any evidence to refute the TOLOnews claim. In the next few days we should have some clarity on the situation.

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