Mullah Norullah Noori: One of the Taliban Five

Laura Murray By Laura Murray, 1st Sep 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Learn about one of the Taliban Five. This man was traded, along with four others, for US citizen/soldier Bowe Bergdahl.


ALIASES: Mullah Nuri, Noor Muhammad, Noorudeen, Hafiz Noorullah
DOB: January 1, 1967, Shajoie, Zabul Province, Afghanistan
Citizenship: Afghanistan,
Risk Level: HIGH, likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies
Intelligence Value: HIGH
Rank/Position: Senior Taliban Military Commander, Taliban governor for the Balkh and Lagman provinces
Incarcerated: January 11, 2002
Released: May 31, 2014


  • Close ties to Taliban leader Mullah Omar
  • Senior Taliban Officials
  • Senior al-Qaeda members
  • Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan
  • Libyan Islamic Fighting Group
  • Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin


  • Engaged in hostilities against US and Coalition Forces in Zabul Province
  • War Crimes – murder and torture of thousands of Shiite Muslims in Northern Afghanistan
  • Passed communications between Taliban and al-Qaeda


Noori grew up in Shajoie and learned to read and write at the mosque in his village. His father was an imam atht he mosque and Noori’s education earned him the title “Mullah.” While in Zabul Province, Noori worked on his father’s land and also as a tailor.

In 1995, Noori fought alongside al-Qaeda.

In March 1999, Noori left home to go to Kabul in order to join the Talibam. He met with Mullah Yunis at the security base and one month later began working for Governor Malawi Kabir in Jalalabad. He worked as Kabir’s guard and did housework.

In December 1999, Kabir sent Noori to Baghlan and told him to work for the local governor, Mullah Abdul Bari. In February 2000, Noori went to Mazar-e-Sharif to work for the governor. After 8 months, Noori was named governor. Noori’s responsibilities included mediating civil disputes and performing security duties.

On November 17, 2001 Noori turned himself in to US forces. He was sent to Guantanamo Bay on January 11, 2002. He was considered a high value asset because of the biographical information he had on Taliban leaders.

On May 31, 2014, Noori, along with four other Taliban detainees, was traded for an American POW, Bow Bergdahl. The Emir of Qatar has been credited for his efforts to secure this deal between the US and the Taliban. Noori, along with the other four, will be under Qatari control for at least one year, forbidden to leave the country.

Since the release of Noori and the other four men, a government watch agency (the GAO) came out with a report stating that the Obama administration had acted illegally by not notifying Congress in advance of the exchange. It is currently unclear how this will effect US law or the administration.

Other Four Men

Abdul Haq Wasiq
Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa
Mullah Mohammad Fazl
Mohammad Nabi Omari

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With a Master of Strategic Intelligence and a BS in Political Science, Laura excelled as an analyst with the federal government and local government. She focused on issues of terrorism and crime and quickly became the subject matter expert in every office she worked in. Laura left government service to pursue a writing career. She currently works as the Senior Policy Analyst with Sussman Corporate Security in addition to her writing. Laura focuses on issue of military, terrorism, intelligence, and organized crime. To follow her writings, and/or to connect with her on social media, go to her website.


Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Extremism, Islam, Mullah Noori, Noori, Taliban, Terror, Terrorism, Trade

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My passions in writing are in Christian persecution and food/health. I also love to pursue topics in terrorism and intelligence as my experience and education are in these areas.

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author avatar HacBao
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Thank you for sharing the article

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author avatar Joyce Singha
1st Sep 2014 (#)

Oh Lord, what can you say about these mullahs! This administration doesn't get it at all.

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author avatar HacBao
2nd Sep 2014 (#)

It's hard for me to comment on stories relating to terrorism

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