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Will US drones start attacking Mullah Omar in Pakistan?

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Are US Predator drones coming for Mullah Omar, the elusive, one-eyed leader of the Taliban? Mr. Omar has been in hiding since 2001, when US-led forces toppled his Taliban regime in Afghanistan. He remains one of the US military's top targets, along with Osama bin Laden and Al Qaeda No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahiri.

Legend says Omar fled to Balochistan province in Pakistan, which lies just miles from his former base in Kandahar, Southern Afghanistan. Today, one of Pakistan's most controversial rumors is that Omar is hiding in plain sight in or around Quetta, the province's capital, perhaps with the knowledge – and even support – of Pakistan's intelligence agency. 

Such reports have never been proven. Neither have reports that US Predator drones may soon be targeting Omar and others in Balochistan. But discussion of such attacks is rife in the Pakistani press, fueled by reports in the international media.


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