Why Mullah Omar’s Death Could Be a Nightmare for Afghanistan

Why Mullah Omar’s Death Could Be a Nightmare for AfghanistanReports on Wednesday that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Omar had died will be rightly hailed by some as the demise of an American nemesis. Omar’s direct role in day-to-day Taliban operations had been declining for years, according to Western diplomats in Afghanistan. With the Islamic State and other jihadist groups vying for the loyalty of young Taliban fighters, it is unclear whether any leader except Omar can hold the movement together and then get its members to accept a peace settlement.

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