Afghan Biographies

Khorasani, Abu Omar

Name Khorasani, Abu Omar
Ethnic backgr. Pashtun
Date of birth
Function/Grade ISIS Daesh Leader Afghanistan
History and Biodata

3. Biodata:
Khorasani, the founding leader of Daesh in Khorasan (ISKP), was originally named Maulvi Zia-ul-Haq and was from Kunar province in Afghanistan. Several relatives, including a brother of Abu Omar Khorasani, held important positions in the previous Afghan government.The Taliban have announced that Abu Omar Khorasani- not to be confused with the TTP militant Omar Khalid Khorasani-  leader of the Daesh terrorist group in Afghanistan, has been killed. Khorasani had reportedly succeeded Sheikh Abdul Haseeb Logari in April 2017 after he was killed. 


After the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 15, conflicting reports were released about his fate with some suggesting that Khorasani was released along with thousands of other prisoners while others said he had been killed by the Taliban. In an August 26, 2021 report, The Wall Street Journal said the Taliban had killed the militant and eight other members of his terror group after seizing Kabul and its prison the previous week. 

On August 17, 2021 the Taliban confirmed that Khorasani had been shot dead. 

According to The Wall Street Journal, Khorasani said he had left Nangarhar last year as the remnants of Daesh militants dispersed inside Afghanistan. He was arrested by US and Afghan forces in a house outside Kabul in May 2020. 

A judge sentenced him to death and 800 years in prison, he said. But the Taliban got to him first. 

Daesh has a foothold in eastern and northern Afghanistan, particularly in Nangarhar, which is regarded as its base in the war-torn country. 

It has claimed responsibility for several attacks against the Taliban recently. 

Last Modified 2021-09-26
Established 2021-09-26