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Stories with person: Mullah Mohammad Omar
  • Afghan ties with Pakistan sour as Taliban gain strength story has photos
    Updated: Aug-21-15 4:29 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - One of the world's testier strategic relationships is deteriorating by the day as Afghanistan accuses Pakistan of meddling in its affairs and prolonging a 14-year war by aiding Taliban militants in a cynical quest for influence.

  • Hamid Gul, a Pakistan spy master tied to militants, dies story has photos
    Updated: Aug-16-15 2:53 pm

    ISLAMABAD - Hamid Gul, who led Pakistan's powerful Inter-Services Intelligence agency as it funneled U.S. and Saudi cash and weapons to Afghan jihadis fighting against the Soviets and later publicly supported Islamic militants, died late Saturday of a brain hemorrhage. He was 78.

  • Al-Qaida leader pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief 
    Updated: Aug-13-15 2:23 pm

    CAIRO - Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahri purportedly pledged his group's allegiance to the new leader of the Taliban following the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar in an audio recording that surfaced Thursday.

  • Afghan officials in Pakistan to discuss peace efforts story has photos
    Updated: Aug-13-15 12:56 pm

    ISLAMABAD - A high-level Afghan delegation arrived in Pakistan on Thursday to discuss security cooperation and peace efforts after Afghanistan's president said Pakistan was involved in a spate of devastating Taliban attacks that rocked Kabul last week, killing dozens of people.

  • Pakistani minister says Mullah Omar didn't die in Pakistan 
    Updated: Aug-07-15 10:38 am

    ISLAMABAD - Pakistan's defense minister says the former head of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mohammad Omar, did not die in Pakistan as Kabul announced last week.

  • Pakistan official hopes Kabul-Taliban talks to resume soon 
    Updated: Aug-05-15 6:31 am

    ISLAMABAD - A close aide of Pakistan's prime minster says he is optimistic the stalled peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban will resume soon in the interest of peace in Afghanistan.

  • Taliban official resigns in sign of growing internal divide story has photos
    Updated: Aug-04-15 1:10 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - A senior Taliban figure resigned Tuesday in the latest fallout from the death of longtime leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, which has triggered a succession dispute and revealed growing rifts within the two-decade-old Afghan insurgent group.

  • AP News Guide: Death of Taliban leader roils Afghan politics 
    Updated: Aug-01-15 2:56 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Afghan Taliban has confirmed the death of its reclusive longtime leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, after the Kabul government reported that he had been dead for more than two years. The move has led to a leadership crisis in the Taliban, as Mullah Omar's longtime deputy takes the helm over the objection of the former leader's relatives.

  • Analysis: Afghan govt hopes to divide and conquer Taliban 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 9:19 pm

    KABUL, Afghanistan - The new leader of the Afghan Taliban faces the twin challenges of bringing together an insurgency that he ran for years under another man's name and uniting a fractured movement that has seen fighters desert for more extreme groups such as the Islamic State. Meanwhile, the Afghan government believes it can seize on the Taliban leadership crisis it has created by announcing that Mullah Mohammad Omar has been dead for more than two years to further weaken the insurgency.

  • White House says former Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead 
    Updated: Jul-31-15 8:39 pm

    WASHINGTON - The White House says U.S. intelligence agencies have determined that former Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar is dead, and says his demise "represents a chance for yet more progress on the path to a stable, secure Afghanistan."

  • Q&A: A look at the new leader of Afghanistan's Taliban story has photos
    Updated: Jul-30-15 6:43 pm

    Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban's leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan.