On the Hunt for Mullah Omar

U.S. troops know where he's roaming. Why haven't they nabbed him yet?

Knowing roughly where Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is hiding is one thing. Finding him is another. For months Afghan government and U.S. military sources have believed that the man who gave sanctuary to Osama bin Laden has found refuge of his own in an arc of inaccessible mountains north of Kandahar. It is a place where even a half-blind cleric on the run has factors in his favor: a harsh environment, strong tribal ties, loyal friends and a population increasingly disposed to hate the Americans. Little wonder, says a senior Kandahar police commander, that after months of searching, the coalition...

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