Mullah Omar should be `worried`: US general

Last Updated: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 09:16

Washington: A top US general on Thursday said Taliban leader Mullah Omar should be "worried" after US forces killed Osama bin Laden, predicting the raid would damage the Afghan insurgency`s morale.

Major General Richard Mills, who recently finished his tour commanding Marines in southern Afghanistan, said the assault on bin Laden`s compound in Pakistan demonstrated "that we don`t leave our missions”.

"Once we`ve targeted you, we`re going to maintain our focus on you until the mission`s accomplished," he told reporters.

"If I was Mullah Omar I would certainly be worried. It shows the Americans are focused," the general said.

Omar is the one-eyed spiritual leader of the insurgency who presided over the 1996-2001 Taliban regime in Kabul, which was toppled in a US invasion for its support of al Qaeda.

Mills said the death of bin Laden would undermine the morale of the insurgents fighting the Kabul government while giving a "tremendous" boost to troops in the NATO-led force.

"I think that has to have a psychological impact on the leadership of the insurgency that`s caused the trouble in Afghanistan," he said.

He also said the demise of bin Laden would have a tactical effect in the war, jeopardising continued financial support to the Taliban from al Qaeda militants in neighbouring Pakistan

A trove of hard drives and computer files retrieved from bin Laden`s compound will help US forces target those providing material support to the Taliban, he added.

Bureau Report



First Published: Friday, May 6, 2011 - 09:16

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