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October 16, 2019
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White House says Mullah Omar’s death report ‘credible’

WASHINGTON: The White House has said Wednesday that reports of Taliban leader Mullah Omar’s has death “are credible.”

But spokesman Eric Schultz would not be drawn on a specific claim made by Afghanistan that he had died two years ago in Pakistan.

“The intelligence community is looking at these reports and continues to assess the circumstances around his death,” he said.

“But beyond that I m not going to be in a position here to speak candidly about what we know at this point.”

Earlier, Afghan intelligence s National Directorate of Security claimed Mullah Mohammed Omar died in Pakistan in April 2013.

There have been longstanding rumors of Omar s demise but the latest claim is the first confirmation from the Afghan government.