Mullah Omar

Afghan security forces stand over a body of a Taliban militant after fighting between Taliban militants and Afghan security forces near the airport in Kunduz on October 1, 2015. Afghan forces pushed into the centre of Kunduz on October 1, triggering pitched gunfights as they sought to flush out Taliban insurgents who held the northern city for three days in a stinging blow to the country's NATO-trained military The stunning fall of the provincial capital, even temporarily, highlighted the stubborn insurgency's potential to expand beyond its rural strongholds in the south of the country Afghan forces, hindered by the slow arrival of reinforcements but backed by NATO special forces and US air support, struggled to regain control of the city after three days of heavy fighting. AFP PHOTO / Wakil Kohsar        (Photo credit should read WAKIL KOHSAR/AFP/Getty Images)

The Taliban Are Winning

And the taking of Kunduz was just a dry run for the eventual attack on Kabul.


Singing Omar’s Praises, Staying Silent on Mansour

Al Qaeda affiliates' silence is a sign that the fight to succeed Mullah Omar as Taliban leader is not yet over.


China’s Man in the Taliban

Why the death of Mullah Omar is bad news for Beijing.

KANDAHAR, AFGHANISTAN:  TV grabs taken secretly by BBC Newsnight shows Taliban's one-eyed spiritual leader Mullah Mohammed Omar (C) during a rally of his troops in Kandahar before their victorious assault on Kabul in 1996. AFP PHOTO            MANDATORY CREDIT BBC NEWS/NEWSNIGHT (Photo credit should read AFP/Getty Images)

Could Mullah Omar’s Death Help the Peace Process?

Why would Kabul announce the death of Mullah Omar at such a critical point in the peace process?

ALGIERS, ALGERIA - OCTOBER 28:  A man reads 28 October 2001 in Algiers the Algerian daily El Youm, with on its frontpage a picture presented by the newspaper as a portrait of Mullah Mohammed Omar. The leader of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime Mullah Mohammed Omar said in an interview with El Youm that the "real war" against the United States has not yet begun, and promised to give the US a "bitter lesson". AFP PHOTO HOCINE  (Photo credit should read HOCINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?

The newest round of rumors over Mullah Omar’s demise is spreading like wildfire. And if Omar really is dead, understanding Akhtar Mansour -- arguably the Taliban’s number two man -- is vital for the upcoming peace talks.

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