ALIASES: Mohammed Nabi, Maulawi Mohammed Nabi
DOB: January 1, 1968, Metakhan Village, Khowst Province, Afghanistan
Risk Level: HIGH, likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies
Intelligence Value: HIGH
Rank/Position: Border Security, senior Taliban official in “multiple roles”
Education: Naryab Madrassa Kahi Madrassa, Zargary and Kohat madrassas in Kohat, Pakistan
Incarcerated: October 28, 2002
Released: May 31, 2014
- Senior Taliban Commander
- Haqqani Network Leadership
- Anti-Coalition Militia
- Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin
- Smuggled missiles into Pakistan with two al Qaeda members
- Member of the al-Qaeda/Taliban cell in Khwost and was involved in attacks against US and Coalition Forces
- Maintained weapon caches
- Smuggled fighters and weapons
After 6 years of schooling, Omari went to Naryab Madrassa in Kohat, Pakistan to receive religious training. He continued his studies at Kahi Madrassa. In the late 1980’s, Omari fought alongside the mujahideen against the Soviets. After the Soviets withdrew, Omari continued his studies in Pakistan at the Zargary and Kohat madrassas in Kohat. Around 1992, Omari and his family returned to Afghanistan.
1992-1994 Omari served as a policeman in Khwost but quit his job in order to raise crops on the family farm. When the Taliban gained control in 1996, Omari began working for them. Omari claims that his tribe pushed him to take the job in order to avoid being labeled “the opposition.” His position was Chief of Security in Qalat.
After one year at that position, he went back to his farm for three years. In 2000, he again sought employment with the Taliban as a radio operator. After one year, he went to border patrol. His focus was on controlling smuggling. In 2002 he left again and began selling used cars. In the spring of the same year, Omari began working with the CIA.
On September 14, 2002, Omari was arrested at the old airport in Khowst. Omari claims that he was lured there by a messenger stating the CIA contact wanted to meet him.
He was moved to Guantanamo Bay, Cuba October 28, 2002. The US hoped to gain information on the procedures of border patrol, Taliban communication equipment and procedures, and biographical data on Taliban members.
On May 31, 2014, Omari, along with four other Taliban detainees, was traded for an American POW, Bowe Bergdahl. The Emir of Qatar has been credited for his efforts to secure this deal between the US and the Taliban. Omari, along with the other four, will be under Qatari control for at least one year, forbidden to leave the country.