Why the U.S. Never Caught Mullah Omar

In 2004, around the time he turned 10, Mohammed Asrar learned that someone had been living for more than two years behind a hidden door in his family’s house in southern Afghanistan. The shadowy guest was Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s founder and spiritual leader and one of America’s most wanted men.

After the U.S. invasion of Afghanistan in late 2001, Mullah Omar had disappeared, evading U.S. efforts to capture or kill him for more than a dozen years. A $10 million bounty on his head failed to expose him, and the Taliban even kept secret his death from natural causes in 2013. He officially remained a U.S. target for two more years.

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