Mullah Omar, the Afghan Taliban leader, is one of the most controversial and enigmatic men on the planet. Even after a decade of foreign military presence, we still know absolutely nothing about him. Is he a dreadful Islamist? Has he been branded evil to justify a military intervention in Afghanistan? Or was he a village idiot overwhelmed by events?
Our team (actually 3 female journalists) has travelled to Afghanistan for almost a decade: dining with militiamen, going across innumerable checkpoints or having a good laugh with Taliban.
Fascinated by the mystery surrounding Mullah Omar, they’ve decided to walk in his footsteps, trying to uncover the man behind one of this century’s most inscrutable myths. This is the story of their investigation.