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In Afghan Taliban birthplace, US troops step back

...tenuous. Residents say Taliban fighters remain in control of large parts of the district.Zhari is where Taliban leader Mullah Omar was born, where he founded the movement that ruled Afghanistan in the 1990s and has battled U.S. and Afghan forces...

http://juneauempire.com/patrick-quinn/2012-12-24/afghan-taliban-birthplace-us-tr
Rumors of talks with Taliban are premature

...you believe the tales, Afghan President Hamid Karzai (or his brother Qayum) was talking to Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar's No. 2 man, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, before the latter was recently arrested in Pakistan. A second popular...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/042810/opi_626493626.shtml
Opinion
New debate is about bringing Taliban to table

...off-load his Afghan problem by selling out to Taliban leader Mullah Omar, or whether Karzai pulled a fast one on his American...leaders to the table. There is deep skepticism that Mullah Omar (or leaders of the tough Haqqani network) would break...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020310/opi_558290802.shtml
Opinion
History repeats

...civil war, and it was in this environment that Mohammed Mullah Omar and the Taliban seized power. Ironically, its rapid...Taliban government it wanted to use to build a pipeline. Mullah Omar declared "jihad" and Bush declared "crusade." Who...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/020402/let_letter5.shtml
Opinion
A wide gulf between two nations that need each other

...militant Sirajuddin Haqqani, and the Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar. (Omar's name could come off the list if he broke...repeatedly urged Pakistan to go after the Haqqani network and Mullah Omar's inner circle - to no avail. Yet American officials...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2011-06-05/wide-gulf-between-two-nations-need-ea
Opinion
U.S. role in Afghanistan has had positive effects

...some kind of grand bargain with (Taliban leader) Mullah Omar" to stop the Afghan fighting, but that the Afghan government...the last year. "There will be no negotiated deal with Mullah Omar," he says. "It wouldn't work here. You have a...

http://juneauempire.com/opinion/2012-07-19/us-role-afghanistan-has-had-positive-
Opinion
My Turn: Why shred American values?

...war that has lasted almost as long as our involvement in World War II. Neither bin Laden, nor al-Zawahiri, nor Mullah Omar, nor al-Zarqawi, has yet been brought to justice. Tens, if not hundreds, of thousands of people have been killed...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/032106/opi_20060321011.shtml
Opinion
Search for captured US soldier yields few clues

...August a Taliban commander, Maulvi Sangin, told The Associated Press that he had Bergdahl and that Taliban leader Mullah Omar's council was waiting for a response to its demands before deciding the American's fate. Sangin couldn't be reached...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/100109/sta_499470640.shtml
Taliban says it's awaiting US response on captured soldier

...militant commander who is holding a Fort Richardson-based soldier abducted in Afghanistan said Sunday that Taliban leader Mullah Omar's council is waiting for a response to its demands before deciding the American's fate. It was the first news of...

http://www.juneauempire.com/stories/081009/sta_480210877.shtml
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