Officials in White House said Wednesday that reports suggesting the death of Taliban Supreme Leader Mullah Mohammad are credible.

The White House Deputy Press Secretary Eric Schultz said the United States has concluded that reports confirming Mullah Omar’s death are credible.

Without commenting on the time regarding Mullah Omar’s death, Schultz said the U.S. intelligence community is looking into the circumstances around Mullah Omar’s death.

A former minister of the Afghan Taliban who is now a member of the group’s leadership has said Mullah Omar was suffering from Tuberculosis and died more than two years ago.

The government of Afghanistan formally confirmed the death of Taliban supreme leader Mullah Mohammad Omar earlier tonight.

A statement by the President Palace said “The government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, based on credible information, confirms that Mullah Mohammad Omar, leader of the Taliban died in April 2013 in Pakistan.”

The statement further added “The government of Afghanistan believes that grounds for the Afghan peace talks are more paved now than before, and thus calls on all armed opposition groups to seize the opportunity and join the peace process.”

Reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar emerged earlier today with earlier reports suggesting Pakistan have confirmed the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar to the Afghan government.

The issue was reportedly discussed during the cabinet meeting following the confirmation by Pakistani authorities, it has been reported.


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