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Mullah Omar’s hideout

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The writer is a political analyst. He can be reached at [email protected] and tweets @Imran_Jan

Drug lords, militants and other high value targets (HVTs) share some patterns of life and death. They spend their final years in total isolation aided by loyal servants. Mullah Omar’s life in the end was no different. But the most interesting part of his hideout was that unlike Bin Laden or any other HVT, his final hideout was a walking distance from an American base which was on an aggressive manhunt to catch him. The revelation is the work of a Dutch journalist, Bette Dam, who worked for five years on the biography Searching for an Enemy. It was published in Dutch last month and a summary of those findings have been published in English by Zomia think-tank.

Bette Dam travelled to remote parts of Afghanistan controlled by the Taliban, interviewing Afghan officials and some of the most senior surviving Taliban members. The man she interviewed in detail in a Kabul safe house for her book was........

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