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Taliban announces Afghan caretaker government, including FBI-wanted militant as minister

Written by on 07/09/2021

The Taliban has appointed several old guard members to Afghanistan’s caretaker government.

Among those appointed to the new interim cabinet as interior minister is Sarajuddin Haqqani, who is on the FBI’s most-wanted list.

Interim prime minister Mullah Hasan Akhund had headed the Taliban government in Kabul during the last years of its rule.

Taliban Press Conference
7/9/21
Image: The announcement was made during a news conference on Tuesday by the Taliban’s spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid

One of his deputies will be Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who had led talks with the US and signed the deal that led to America’s final withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Taliban spokesperson Zabihullah Mujahid said in a news conference that this government is not a “tribal” one and will represent all Afghanis.

There is no evidence of non-Taliban members in the line-up, defying the demands of the international community.

The government will be led by Mr Akhund, with the Taliban’s co-founder, Ghani Baradar, acting as his deputy.

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Mr Haqqani is head of the militant group – the Haqqani network – who are affiliated with the Taliban and have been behind some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan in the last 20 years.

The Haqqani network has been designated as a foreign terrorist organisation by the United States.

Other appointments include Mullah Yaqoob as the acting defence minister, Amir Khan Muttaqi as the foreign minister and Abdul Salam Hanafi as the second deputy.

 Sky News

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