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Taliban Denies Reported Death of Leader Mullah Omar

The Afghan Taliban and sources close to the insurgent group’s upcoming peace talks with the Afghan government in Pakistan this week are rejecting reports that fugitive Taliban chief Mullah Omar is dead. A Taliban spokesman, when contacted by VOA, insisted that the group's leader “is very much alive” and the rumors of his death are aimed at drawing out the reclusive leader. In Kabul Wednesday, Afghan officials said they are investigating his reported death. Other media organizations...

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