At least that’s what the BBC says: a Predator drone nailed the one-eyed mujahid in his home.
As far as I can determine, all the news stories reporting Mullah Omar’s death are derived from the BBC report, so this one has to be marked “unverified” for the time being:
‘US Strike’ Kills Taleban Leader
A suspected US missile strike has killed 20 people, including a top Taleban commander, in north-west Pakistan, witnesses and officials say.
Mohammad Omar was among the dead when the missile, reportedly fired by a pilotless US drone, hit a compound owned by him in South Waziristan.
Omar fought with the Taleban in Afghanistan in the late 1990s.
The US has launched many missile strikes from Afghanistan against suspected militant targets recently.
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The latest strike on Sunday night was launched at a compound owned by Mohammad Omar in Mandatta village in the troubled region of South Waziristan.
Mohammad Omar was a close associate of the dead Taleban commander Nek Mohammed, who was killed in a suspected US strike in the area four years ago.
Witnesses said that the missile strike completely destroyed Mohammed Omar’s house, and partially damaged two neighbouring houses.
What I want to know is: why did it take us seven years to do this? We’ve known where he is for a long time.
This supports my suspicion that we cut a quiet deal back in 2002 with various Afghan factions to leave Mullah Omar alive in return for a productive Loya Jirga and the installation of a regime that we could live with. Now something must have changed — the departure of Musharraf, perhaps? — and the deal is off.
Hat tip: Infidelesto.