New Taliban Interior Minister Has $10 Million Bounty on His Head by FBI

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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:

Haqqani is the head of the Haqqani Network — a US-designated terror group in Pakistan and Afghanistan with close ties to Al Qaeda — and there’s a $10 million US bounty on his head.

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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Paul Crespo is the Managing Editor of American Defense News. A defense and national security expert, he served as a Marine Corps officer and as a military attaché with the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) at US embassies worldwide. Paul holds degrees from Georgetown, London, and Cambridge Universities. He is also CEO of SPECTRE Global Risk, a security advisory firm, and President of the Center for American Defense Studies, a national security think tank.

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charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
20 days ago

It’s going to get worse until the law is returned to our land.The democrats are going to far again, there is a lot of valid reasons, not to get the shots, including other virus preventative/treatments etc, Don’t believe a word these democrats are saying now, besides their incompentence and lying, things have goten too political. Biden is just a paid liar, along with most of his team, our government can’t continue much longer with these clowns in office. What monies are the democrats receiving from the phamaceutical industry, to keep this plandemic ongoing? “Methodist Health System says they cannot violate federal and state law and deny employees’ religious exemptions to inject a drug into their body. Irrational democrat mandates have now become national crisis in themself. Democrats can’t govern, spend and tax spend and tax with no resolve.

Dennis Karoleski
Dennis Karoleski
20 days ago

Hasn’t anyone noticed everyone of the Taliban government officials the Biden folks are so busily sucking up to are all on the terrorist watch list.

Joe
Joe
20 days ago

We can thank obuthead for the 4 top leaders of the Taliban, he freed them for a traitor,bergdawl who deserted and had his company risk their hides, to find him, and some were injured. Now with brain=freeze, where am I, hidenbiden has already made deals with the terrorists, now they want bounty for heads,hidenbiden and his useful idiots, probably already made that deal, now they’ll fund these terrorists to kill more americans. U just can’t fix stupid.

charles A wilkins
charles A wilkins
8 days ago

WHAT COMMUNICATIONS EXISTED BETWEEN THE TALIBAN, AND THE US, PRIOR TO THEIR INVASION? WERE THEIR ANY PHONE CALLS DIRECT OR INDIRECT, PRIOR TO OUR RAPID PULL OUT? iT’S NOT LIKE THE CURRENT ADMINSTRATION LACKS CALLING ADVERSARIESTO GIVE THEM A HEADS UP ON OUR INTENTIONS.
Who will collect the 10 million hard to say.


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