People offer funeral prayers for Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar at a mosque in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
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The confirmed death of the Taliban's reclusive one-eyed leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has weakened the movement, giving Kabul an opportunity to step up the battle against the insurgency, an Afghan governor and one of the country's most powerful former warlords said Monday.Noor, a Tajik from the northern Balkh province, said that this is the perfect time for Kabul "to take control of the peace process" and urged the government to act quickly.Though he was not seen in public since he fled to Pakistan after the U.S.-led 2001 invasion of Afghanistan, Mullah Omar's spiritual and religious influence was extensive among various Taliban factions and groups, Noor added.Pakistan, which wields influence over the Taliban and hosted the first round of Kabul-Taliban negotiations in early July, holds the key to the peace process, Noor said.
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