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, mulla, mollah
(formerly) a Muslim scholar, teacher, or religious leader: also used as a title of respect
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.



in Islam, a learned teacher or expounder of religious law and doctrines; usually chosen by a group of believers from among their own number.

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After 2001, Mullah Umar never set his foot in Pakistan, instead opting to hide in his native land and for eight years, lived just a few miles from a major US base,' Dam writes.
Mullah Baradar was captured in a joint raid by Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and America's Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) in a raid in Karachi in February 2010.
Meanwhile, the former Afghan President Hamid Karzai has welcomed the release of a number of senior Taliban leaders including Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar from Pakistani jails.
Mullah Baradar is one of the four men who founded Taliban in Afghanistan back in the year 1994.
The Afghan Taliban spokesperson also claimed that no compromise was made in return of the Mullah Baradar's release.
Mufti Noor Wali was selected at a meeting of TTP's Central Shura after the death of Mullah Fazlullah.
The reports about killing of Mullah Fazlullah had been received in the past as well.
"Mr Mullah asked for a copy of his statement and recognised a number of transactions between April 11 and 14 that took place and he had no knowledge about.
Both the Afghan and American governments have been acutely frustrated by the inability of the Pakistanis to bring Mullah Mansoor to the negotiating table.
Secretary of State John Kerry told a ( news conference Sunday, "Yesterday, the United States conducted a precision air strike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansour in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border."
Mullah Abdul Rauf told The Associated Press on Sunday that Mansour died in the strike late Friday night.
9 May 2016 - 14:40 Conflict between Two Branches of Taliban in Helmand Left 18 Killed The government authorities reported a short conflict between two branches of Taliban group in southern province of Helmand and stressed that this conflict led into death of 18 persons Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi the deputy of Mullah Mohammad Rasul claimed that this conflict started by the truthful forces of Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.