Afghan Biographies

Omari, Abdul Nabi

Name Omari, Abdul Nabi
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth 1969
Function/Grade Ex Taliban Official
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Abdul Nabi Omari was born 1969 in Khost Province, Afghanistan. He is a minor figure from Khost. One witness said he worked as a judge in Khost during the Taliban Emirate. He may also have worked in the Ministry of Tribes and Borders under the then ministership of Jalaluddin Haqqani. If he has connections as a client to the Haqqanis, that may explain why this junior figure is on the list for release – given the US desire to secure the release of their soldier, Bowe Bergdahl, whose capture in 2009 was claimed by a Haqqani commander, Mullah Sangin. Witnesses who know the Khost Taleban were mystified as to why the US authorities believe Omari is one of the major figures they have in custody. He claimed that after the US invasion he had been a loyal supporter of the Hamid Karzai government, and that he had been a covert operative for a US intelligence officer he knew only as "Mark".
Mulla Muhammad Fazal Akhond, Mulla Norulla Noori, Mulla Khairulla Khairkhwa, Mulla Abdul Haq Waseeq, Mawlavi Mohammad Nabi, were released from Guantanamo detention facility. They were  transferred to Qatar on May 31, 2014. (20140601)

More Background:

Abdul Nabi Omari was clearly added to the list because of his links to Bergdahl’s captors, the Haqqani network. A younger brother, Abdul Rashid, is close to and possibly an aide of the effective leader of the network, Serajuddin Haqqani. In 2012, it was published that Omari was from Khost and had worked there as a judge during the Taleban government and that he may also have worked in the ministry of tribes and borders under the then ministership of Serajuddin’s father, Jalaluddin Haqqani. (A younger brother of Jalaluddin Haqqani, Ibrahim Omari, was deputy minister then.) Since then, more details have been gathered. According to one of Omari’s students, he is from the Ismailkhel-Manozai district of Khost and was very active during the jihad against the Soviet occupation, fighting with the students’ (taleban) front of the mullah-dominated mujahedin faction, Harakat-e Enqelab-e Islami. Omari’s student said that, in 1994-96 (ie during Rabbani’s mujahedin government), he was Khost’s security chief (amer-e amniat). He said many khalqi communists were assassinated in Khost during this time and their followers believed Omari was behind these killings. When the Taleban were in power, his student said he served as chief of police in Zabul, and later as chief of the border police at the Ministry of Interior. (The Taleban videoreleased after the prisoner swap simply describes him as a former commander of a border police bataillon.) The US contention that Omari “was a senior Taliban official who served in multiple leadership roles” is nonsense. In reality, he was a mid-level figure, although one whose ongoing links to the Haqqani family got him onto the released list. The other four former detainees can be classed as Taleban leaders, but not Omari. 


Last Modified 2014-06-07
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