Al-Qaida snubs Iraq's 'Islamic State'

Al-Qaida snubs Iraq's 'Islamic State'

ISLAMABAD, July 22 (UPI) --An al-Qaida publication indicates the militant group does not intend to relinquish its power to Iraq's newly-formed "Islamic State" caliphate.
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Taliban posts propaganda video of Bergdahl's release to U.S. special forces

Taliban posts propaganda video of Bergdahl's release to U.S. special forces

KABUL, Afghanistan, June 4 (UPI) --The Taliban has released a video showing the handoff of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. Special Forces with the farewell message, "Don't come back to Afghanistan."
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Taliban warn of 'dire consequences' if U.S. troops stay in Afghanistan

KABUL, Afghanistan, Oct. 14 (UPI) -- The leader of the Afghanistan Taliban has warned of "dire consequences" should the United State and Afghanistan agree to a proposed security pact.
Taliban: 2014 Afghan elections a 'waste of time'

Taliban: 2014 Afghan elections a 'waste of time'

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- The Taliban's talks with the government of Afghanistan are only aimed at getting all foreign troops out of the country, a statement released Tuesday said.

Commentary: Defense: Mutatis mutandis

WASHINGTON, Feb. 28 (UPI) -- Sequestration, or confiscating something of value, gave pause to reassess a U.S. defense budget that is now 46 percent of the entire world’s defense spending.

Pakistan frees 12 Taliban prisoners

KABUL, Afghanistan, Nov. 17 (UPI) -- At least 12 Taliban prisoners, including senior officials, have been released by Pakistan, Taliban and Afghan officials said Saturday.

Report: Taliban could accept U.S. troops

KABUL, Afghanistan, Sept. 10 (UPI) -- Some senior Taliban officials are ready to accept a long-term U.S. military presence in Afghanistan, a not-yet-released report indicates.

Al-Qaida and Taliban ties still a concern

WASHINGTON, April 29 (UPI) -- Officials say documents found in the house where Osama bin Laden was killed show the close ties between the Taliban and al-Qaida.
Commentary: Afghan war fundamentals

Commentary: Afghan war fundamentals

WASHINGTON, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- A fundamental flaw in geostrategic judgment is the erroneous belief that Taliban and al-Qaida are one and the same; they aren’t.

Mullah Omar never on FBI list

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar was never on the FBI's list of most wanted terrorists, an agency spokesman said.
Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

Commentary: Whither or wither Pakistan?

WASHINGTON, Oct. 3 (UPI) -- The Pakistan imbroglio that baffled the retiring U.S. chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff is a blend of overheated rhetoric, unhinged hyperbole and multidimensional chess.
Omar letter predicts Taliban victory

Omar letter predicts Taliban victory

KABUL, Afghanistan, Aug. 30 (UPI) -- A lengthy message reportedly written by the leader of the Afghan Taliban predicts "imminent victory" over NATO forces in Afghanistan.

Mullah Omar disappears from public view

KABUL, Afghanistan, May 24 (UPI) -- The Afghan intelligence bureau cannot confirm whether Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, who disappeared from his hideout, is alive, a spokesman said.
Reports say Mullah Omar killed

Reports say Mullah Omar killed

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, May 23 (UPI) -- Afghan private TV channels Monday reported Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had been killed in Pakistan but the Taliban denied the reports, Xinhua said.

Report: Taliban say Mullah Omar healthy

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 20 (UPI) -- Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, reported to have suffered a heart attack, is "quite healthy," Pakistan's News International said, quoting the group.
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Mullah Mohammed Omar (Pashto: ملا محمد عمر; born c. 1959), often simply called Mullah Omar, is the leader of the Taliban movement that operates in Afghanistan. He was Afghanistan's de facto head of state from 1996 to late 2001, under the official title "Head of the Supreme Council". He held the title Commander of the Faithful of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, which was officially recognized by Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Mullah Omar has been wanted by the US State Department's Rewards for Justice program since October 2001, for sheltering Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda militants in the years prior to the 11 September attacks. He is believed to be in Pakistan directing the Taliban insurgency against NATO forces and the Karzai administration in Afghanistan.

Despite his political rank and his high status on the Rewards for Justice most wanted list, not much is publicly known about him. Few photos exist of him, none of them official, and a picture used in 2002 by many media outlets, has since been established to be another Taliban official. The authenticity of the existing images is debated. Apart from the fact that he is missing one eye, accounts of his physical appearance are contradictory: Omar is described as very tall (some say 2 m). Mullah Omar has been described as shy and non-talkative with foreigners.

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