Taliban Leader Mysteriously Removed from FBI Most Wanted Terrorist List, Even Though He was Never on It

Apparently the people of Pakistan are shocked (SHOCKED!) that Mullah Omar has been secretly removed from the FBI's most wanted terrorist list. Several Pakistani papers are reprinting this story:

Why Mullah Omar is no more a wanted terrorist?

Senior officials at the US State Department in Washington are clueless about the conspicuous removal of the Ďameerí of the Afghan Taliban Mullah Mohammad Omarís name from the US Federal Bureau of Investigationís most wanted terroristsí list.

It has been over 12 years since the former ruler of Afghanistan and founder of Taliban movement vanished into the trackless terrain outside Kandahar amidst repeated claims by US authorities that he is guiding his militia while hiding somewhere in Pakistan, possibly in Quetta. But the authorities in Islamabad keep refuting the American claims as baseless.

Asked by this scribe during a visit of the US State Department in Washington why Mullah Omarís name no more exists on the FBIís website amongst the most wanted terrorists, a senior official of State Departmentís Bureau of Counter Terrorism expressed lack of knowledge about the development, adding that he could only tell that he still features on the State Departmentís list under the Reward for Justice programme, offering $10 million to anyone who provides information leading to the capture of the reclusive Ďameerí of the Afghan Taliban.

A conspiracy? Um, no. You have to wait until the sixth paragraph to learn what's going on:
But senior FBI officials in Washington now claim [while requesting anonymity] that Mullah Omarís name was never on the FBIís most wanted list.
End of story, right? No, the author then goes on for another dozen or so paragraphs ignoring the FBI's statemen, ending the story with this:
The covert US raid that led to Osamaís killing did cause speculations that Mullah Omar will be the next target of the American commandos. But these rumours are set to die down with the removal of his name from FBIís list of most wanted terrorists.
So, is this an FBI conspiracy? Are we no longer at war with the Taliban?

So, I looked at the FBI's most wanted terrorist list from 2011 through the Internet Archive. Mullah Omar isn't on there. The reward for his capture is offered by the State Department, not the FBI and apparently always has been.

They call that journalism in Pakistan. And we wonder why Pakistanis of all political stripes hate us?

Posted by: Rusty at 12:02 PM


1 It's nice to know that we're not the only ones with media that can't report facts no matter how hard they try.

Posted by: Gork at January 13, 2014 12:24 PM

"Are we no longer at war with the Taliban?"
We have ALWAYS not been at war with the Taliban, Winston.......

Posted by: MtTB at January 13, 2014 01:39 PM

3 Well one man's terrorist is another Presidential Administration's best friend forever. He says to-MAY-to, you say to-MAH-to, I say there's no visible difference between the Current President and a muzzlum brotherhood asset,

Posted by: Storm Saxon's Gall Bladder at January 13, 2014 04:34 PM

4 Maybe he has been wasted and they have evidence supporting that.

Posted by: canuck at January 13, 2014 05:46 PM

5 Mullah Omar is the one who snitched on Osama's AOE (aka hide out) leading to Osama being outed.

Posted by: obsidian at January 15, 2014 10:57 AM

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