Mullah Omar, leader of the faithful (Image via Taliban)
A rare photo has emerged of Islamic Emirate Emir Mullah Omar, spiritual leader to Afghan Taliban which was forwarded to me by “a soldier of Islamic Emirate”. Message reads,
“the most rare pic of Ameer ul Mominen Mulla Umar رح in 1978”
Mullah Omar was 11th head of state from 1996 to late 2001, under the official title “Head of the Supreme Council”. Taliban governance of Afghanistan was overturned by a controversial invasion and occupation of the country by NATO, US forces following the attack on the Twin Towers, World Trade Center, September 11th 2001. Many questions have been raised regarding the legality of this action by foreign forces. No Taliban participated in 9/11 attack. Osama bin Laden, founder of Al Qaeda who claimed responsibility for 9/11 did however seek refuge in Afghanistan which prompted the invasion.
Since 2001 thousands of civilians have died caught up in the fighting, human rights violations are rife and US and allies are now said to be supporting alleged war criminals according to reports from human rights organizations.
Mullah Omar “leader of the faithful” was rarely photographed and largely disappeared from public view in 2001.
A biography of Mullah Omar released by the Taliban can be read here.
“Afghanistan: Islamic Emirate release article commemorating 19th anniversary of the historical gathering and selection of Mullah Omar in Kandahar.”
A further photo has emerged posted on Twitter by Mutmaeen
“Taliban leader late Mullah M. Omar wth TB senior commander Mullah Mazullah. Photo taken when they were young.”
Mullah Omar’s death was confirmed recently by Islamic Emirate in a series of tweets from official spokesperson on July 30th 2015… he stated,
the family of Ameerul Mominin Mulla Omar رح confirms his death. It was due to illness. (But he is a Martyr. since, he was waging Jihad).
Mullah Omar’s death in 2013 from tuberculosis was concealed for 2 years, see following link for more information on his death
“Mullah Omar declared dead via Taliban statement, likely successors and responses”
He has now been replaced by Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour see article below
“Taliban appoints Mullah Omar deputy Mohammad Mansour as its new Afghan leader”
“Time for a complete withdrawal in Afghanistan, we should never have invaded in the first place”
Carol Anne Grayson is an independent writer/researcher on global health/human rights/WOT and is Executive Producer of the Oscar nominated, Incident in New Baghdad . She is a Registered Mental Nurse with a Masters in Gender Culture and Development. Carol was awarded the ESRC, Michael Young Prize for Research 2009, and the COTT ‘Action = Life’ Human Rights Award’ for “upholding truth and justice”. She is also a survivor of US “collateral damage”.