Omar is an attorney. Prior to moving back to his home state of California, Omar served in the U.S. Department of Defense in Washington, D.C. and abroad.
Omar spent 18 months in Afghanistan during the surge as the coalition's Deputy Chief of Rule of Law and served as political advisor to the NATO Ambassador.
He subsequently joined the U.S. Department of Defense Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions where he worked on counter-terrorism prosecutions. As a Prosecutor, Omar supported the prosecutions of alleged 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammad and four alleged co-conspirators (United States v. Khalid Sheikh Mohammad, et al), the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing (United States v. Abd Al Rahim Hussayn Mohammad Al Nashiri), and other cases.
Omar led and participated in investigations at overseas locations. As a DOD detailee to the U.S. Department of State, Omar was responsible for developing foreign prosecutions of Guantanamo detainees.
Omar has represented the United States in multiple nations including Israel, Saudi Arabia, UAE, and Afghanistan. Omar was a candidate for United States Congress last cycle. He is a reserve officer in the U.S. Army, Judge Advocate General's Corps.
Born in Los Angeles, California, Omar is the son of immigrants from Afghanistan. He holds a B.A. in Philosophy from UCLA, J.D. from Syracuse Law School, M.A. in International Relations from the Maxwell School of Public Affairs at Syracuse, and M.S. in Public Relations from the Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse.