After consolidating power in the wake of President Biden’s reckless withdrawal and ensuing collapse of our allied Afghan government, the Taliban announced its own new government Tuesday. Despite pledges of being more mature, moderate and inclusive the new interim government did not include any women and Taliban forces have been violently cracking down on all protests, especially those led by women.
But in an even worse sign of things to come, several leaders are known terrorists, including Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is wanted by the FBI, and was named Afghanistan’s interior minister.
Business Insider notes that:
The FBI’s Most Wanted List says Haqqani is wanted for “questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen.”
“He is believed to have coordinated and participated in cross-border attacks against US and coalition forces in Afghanistan,” the FBI said. “Haqqani also allegedly was involved in the planning of the assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008.”
The U.S. Director of National Intelligence (DNI’s) National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC) describes the Haqqani network as “the most lethal and sophisticated insurgent group targeting US, Coalition, and Afghan forces in Afghanistan; they typically conduct coordinated small-arms assaults coupled with rocket attacks, IEDs, suicide attacks, and attacks using bomb-laden vehicles.” It adds:
The Haqqani Network is responsible for some of the highest-profile attacks of the Afghan war, including the June 2011 assault on the Kabul Intercontinental Hotel, conducted jointly with the Afghan Taliban, and two major suicide bombings—in 2008 and 2009—against the Indian Embassy in Kabul. In September 2011, the Haqqanis participated in a day-long assault against major targets in Kabul, including the US Embassy, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) headquarters, the Afghan Presidential Palace, and the Afghan National Directorate of Security headquarters.
Beyond Haqqani, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, one of the Taliban’s founders, was named prime minister. He’s on a UN blacklist.
Additionally, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a Taliban co-founder imprisoned in Pakistan for eight years, is now a deputy prime minister. He was released in 2018 under the urging of the Trump administration amid peace talks between the US and the Taliban. ADN
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