The death of Mullah Omar – if confirmed – could be a game-changer in terms of persuading the Taliban to enter peace talks to resolve Afghanistan's long-running civil war.
As the founding father of the Taliban movement, whose uncompromising Islamist government inflicted a reign of terror on the Afghan people until it's overthrow by US-led coalition forces in 2011, Mullah Omar was always totally opposed to reaching an accommodation with the democratically-elected government in Kabul, which he regarded as nothing more than a group of Western stooges.
Indeed, throughout the decade that British forces fought and died in Afghanistan – the total British death toll now stands at 354 – Mullah Omar resisted all efforts at political reconciliation.
If, as news reports in Afghanistan now suggest, the Taliban leader died two or three years ago, then that would remove one of the main obstacles to undertaking a proper political reconciliation process in Afghanistan; one that could bring to an end decades of civil strife.
Then the legacy of all the sacrifices made by British and other Nato forces over the past decade truly will not have been in vain.