ملا محمد عمر
|Former Head of the Supreme Council of Afghanistan|
27 September 1996 – 13 November 2001
|Prime Minister||Mohammad Rabbani
Abdul Kabir (Acting)
|Preceded by||Burhanuddin Rabbani (President of Afghanistan)|
|Succeeded by||Burhanuddin Rabbani (President of Afghanistan)|
|Political party||Islamic and National Revolution Movement of Afghanistan
|Religion||Khawarij Sect of Islam|
Civil war in Afghanistan
War in North-West Pakistan
Mullah Mohammed Omar (Pashto: ملا محمد عمر) is the leader of the Taliban in Afghanistan. His name is often shortened to Mullah Omar. Between 1996 and 2001, he was Afghanistan's de facto head of state. Three states officially recognised him under the title of Head of the Supreme Council. He was born around the year 1959 in Nodeh, near Kandahar. He held the title Commander of the Faithful from the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan.
The United States has put him on their most wanted list. They believe he sheltered Osama bin Laden, and some of his al Quaeda group, directly before and after they supposedly committed the September 11 attacks. He is believed to be directing the Taliban in their war against Hamid Karzai's Government and foreign NATO troops in Afghanistan from Pakistan.. Many people everywhere around the world, Muslims and others, consider him to be a major terrorist, too.
Despite his political rank, and his high status on the FBI's wanted list, not much is publicly known about Omar. There are very few photos of him. None of these photos is official. A picture that was used by the media in 2002, shows another Taliban official, but not Omar. It is also debated how authoritative the images that exist really are.
Omar seems to be missing one eye. Other than this, people have described him in different ways: Some who have met him say he is tall, others describe him as small and frail. He has been described as shy and untalkative with foreigners.
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