Fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar lived inside strolling distance of US bases in Afghanistan, a brand new ebook has claimed.
Bette Dam’s The Secret Lifetime of Mullah Omar says the chief by no means hid in Pakistan as believed by the US.
As a substitute, he lived in hiding simply three miles from a serious US Ahead Working Base in his house province of Zabul.
Dutch journalist Ms Dam spent 5 years researching and interviewing Taliban members for her ebook.
She managed to talk to Jabbar Omari, the person who successfully turned Omar’s bodyguard when he went into hiding after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.
Mr Omari hid the Taliban chief till his dying from sickness in 2013.
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Quickly after the autumn of the Taliban, Omar – on whose head the US positioned a $10m (£7.7m) bounty after the 11 September terror assaults – hid in secret rooms in a home near a base.
US forces even searched the lodging on one event, however failed to seek out his hiding place, the ebook says.
He later moved to a second constructing simply three miles from one other US base, house to about 1,000 troops.
Ms Dam was advised that Omar acquired his information from the BBC’s Pashto language service.
Regardless of claims by the militants, Omar couldn’t run the Taliban group from his hiding locations.
However he’s mentioned to have permitted a Taliban workplace within the Gulf state of Qatar, the place US officers are speaking with Taliban leaders in a bid to finish the lengthy struggle in Afghanistan.
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Ms Dam’s ebook was printed in Dutch final month, and is about to be out there in English shortly.
Different key findings within the ebook:
Mullah Omar signed management of the Taliban over to his defence minister, Mullah Obaidullah, in December 2001
He lived three miles from Ahead Working Base Wolverine, house to 1,000 US troops and the place US Navy Seals and British SAS forces have been typically based mostly
Omar would typically disguise in irrigation tunnels to keep away from detection
He lived in isolation and finally invented his personal language
He died on 23 April 2013 and was buried with out a coffin in a featureless grave