The Afghan government says the Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, is dead. A statement said there was credible information that he died two years ago in Pakistan. A White House spokesman agreed that the reports were credible. There's been no word from the Taliban or from Pakistan.
The life of renowned Afghan author Qais Akbar Omar was directly affected by Mullah Omar and the Taliban.
Qais wrote the much-acclaimed autobiography "A Fort of Nine Towers: An Afghan Family Story," which culminates in his family's flight from war-torn Afghanistan.