An Afghan official said today his government is examining claims that reclusive Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar is dead. The Taliban could not be immediately reached on the government's comments about Omar, who has been declared dead many times before.
Omar, the one-eyed, secretive head of the Taliban and an al-Qaida ally, led a bloody insurgency against U.S.-led forces after they toppled him from his rule in Afghanistan in 2001. The rumors come two days before the next round of talks between the Afghan government and Taliban representatives is due to be held in Pakistan.
Peter Bergen, vice president of the New America Foundation, discusses Omar and how his death could affect peace talks, with Here & Now's Robin Young.
- Peter Bergen, vice president of the New America Foundation and CNN terrorism analyst.
This segment aired on July 29, 2015.