Taliban chief Mullah Omar ‘lived close to US bases’: Dutch journalist

Mullah Omar lived close to US bases - Dutch journalist
Web Desk: A new book penned by Dutch journalist Bette Dam revealed that late Taliban chief Mullah Mohammad Omar had lived within ‘walking distance’ of US bases in Afghanistan.

While rubbishing the accusations in The Secret Life of Mullah Omar, Dam added that Mullah Omar had never lived or hid in Pakistan.

Instead, he lived in hiding just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul.

Dutch journalist Ms Dam spent five years researching and interviewing Taliban members for her book.

Dam spoke to Jabbar Omari, the man who effectively became Omar's bodyguard when he went into hiding after the ousting of the Taliban regime in 2001.

Mr Omari hid the Taliban leader until his death from illness in 2013.

He later moved to a second building just three miles from another US base, home to about 1,000 troops.
But he is said to have approved a Taliban office in the Gulf state of Qatar, where US officials are talking with Taliban leaders in a bid to end the long war in Afghanistan.