When resigned President Ashraf Ghani now left the presidential palace and Afghanistan, he New heads on their way to power. It is not yet clear whether a transitional government will be formed. And while diplomatic sources tell Reuters that will happen, sources in the Taliban say that is not the case.
What is clear is that the Taliban is once again in power in the country.
The Taliban was founded by Afghan exiles in Pakistan during the civil war in Afghanistan in the 1990s. They seized power in Afghanistan in 1996, but were brought down by US-backed warlords in 2001.
Mullah Omar led the Taliban for many years, and died in 2013. Akhtar Mansour took the lead, but was killed in a US drone strike in 2016.
Some of today’s leaders have been working for more than 20 years to seize power in Afghanistan:
Leader of God’s prestige Akhundzadeh
Akhundzadeh was an Islamic jurist who was the group’s legal advisor and religious judge after 1996.
After 2001, he fled to Pakistan where he studied at several Islamic schools. to me Washington Post He has not appeared in public for many years.
He is about 60 years old. Reuters news agency quoted his place of residence as unknown.
Political leader Abdul Ghani Bardar
Mullah Bardar He is the founder of the Taliban. Sources say he was the son-in-law of the first Taliban leader, Mullah Muhammad Omar.
Baradar was arrested in Pakistan in 2010, but was released from prison three years ago.
It is said that Baradar was released after American pressure because he wanted to sit like him in heavy weight at the negotiating table.
The US envoy to Afghanistan, Zalmay Khalilzad, said that Baradar will contribute to an agreement on the division of power in Afghanistan and will involve him in the Doha negotiations.
Military Commander Muhammad Yaqoub
Mullah Yaqoub is the son of former leader Mullah Muhammad Omar. According to the Afghan media, he is in the country now. Yaqoub was proposed to be the Taliban’s supreme leader, but he chose Akhundzadeh because he felt too young and inexperienced, according to Reuters. He must be in his early thirties.
MP Sirajuddin Haqqani
Sirajuddin Haqqani leads the so-called Haqqani Network, which has a key role in financing the Taliban. He was also mentioned as the deputy leader of the Taliban. Sirajuddin is the son of Jalaluddin Haqqani, who founded the network that bears his name.
The Haqqani network is said to have carried out suicide bombings in Afghanistan. Afghan authorities also accused the network of being behind the January 2008 attack on the Serena Hotel in Kabul, in which Norwegian journalist Carsten Thomassen was killed.
Sirajuddin Haqqani is probably in his forties and fifties. His place of residence is unknown.
Negotiator Abdul Hakim Haqqani
Abdul Hakim Haqqani was at the head of the Taliban negotiating delegation. According to Reuters, he is one of the chief’s most trusted men, Haibatullah Akhundzada.
Foreign Minister Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai
Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai was in the government the last time the Taliban seized power in Kabul and served as the group’s long-time “foreign minister”. Over the past decade, he has lived in Doha, according to the TV channel Al Jazeera. He participated in peace talks on Afghanistan and represented the Taliban on several foreign trips.
How will they lead Afghanistan?
The Taliban said today that they will stick to it Agreement signed in February. They also claim that women’s rights will be respected. But many Afghans fear the application of Islamic law.
Spokesperson Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanikzai stated that women should still be allowed to attend school and that diplomats and non-profit organizations should be able to work in the country.
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