Sangesar (Persian/Pashto: سنگيسار) (population 2400) is a
village near Kandahar, Afghanistan, located in Zheray district. It was
the former home of
Taliban leader Mullah Omar, who lived there between
the end of the anti-Soviet jihad in 1989 and the launch of the Taliban
movement in 1994. He worked there as a preacher and religious
The village's name originates from the phrase sang-e-hisar, or stone
fort, after an old fort in the area constructed by the British in the
Luke Harding, How Afghans turned against their spiritual chief.
Accessed December 26, 2007.
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