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US removes Mullah Omar from terror list

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has reportedly removed the name of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar from the list of “most wanted terrorists.”

The report came following Washington’s secret meetings with the Taliban after one decade of war, Pakistani media reported.

US officials have held several meetings with representatives of the Afghan Taliban leader, headed by Tayyib Agha, in Germany and Qatar over the past months.

During the meetings, the US and Taliban negotiators reached a deal to transfer five Taliban militants, who are under custody in Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, to Qatar. The removal of Mullah Omar’s name from the terror list comes after the prisoner deal.

The founder of the Taliban, Mullah Omar, has been in hiding since the 2001 US-led invasion of Afghanistan.

Washington removed Mullah Omar’s name despite allegations that the Taliban and Osama bin Laden was behind the September, 11 attacks in the US.

The United States invaded Afghanistan 10 years ago under the pretext of eradicating the Taliban, but its failure has forced Washington to turn to negotiation with militants.

The US government has planned new round of talks with the Taliban in early 2012.

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