Who are the key Taliban leaders in the future government of Afghanistan?

The taliban prepare to form a government in Afghanistan after his resounding victory after twenty years of conflict. Several of the key men of the group that now controls that country are called to the dome of power.

Some of the leaders, who regain power after the Taliban regime that lasted from 1996 to 2001, had barely appeared in public until now, a way to protect themselves, among others, from the US drones that were undermining the group for years.

Mawalawi Hibatullan Akhundazada

He has been the supreme leader of the Taliban since 2016, after his predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was killed in a US drone strike in Pakistan.

The 60-year-old leader owes his popularity among the Taliban to his deep knowledge of Islamic law and jurisprudence. Hibatullah led the judiciary during the previous Taliban regime.

Only a few images of the leader, with a long black beard, circulate on the web, although he is recognized by the annual audio and text messages that he usually publishes on the eve of the Muslim Eid festivities.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Akhund

He is one of the best-known faces among the Taliban and his name has begun to sound strongly as the next president of Afghanistan.

Mullah Baradar, 53, is the co-founder of the Taliban militia and for years was considered the right-hand man of Mullah Omar, the founding leader of the insurgent movement.

He is currently the head of the Taliban political office in Qatar, where he played an important role in the negotiations with the United States that culminated in the historic agreement in February 2020 that set a date for the final withdrawal of foreign troops.

This top Taliban leader was arrested in the Pakistani port city of Karachi in 2010, and released eight years later. The United States is said to have requested his release to start the Afghan peace process.

Baradar arrived in Afghanistan on Tuesday after declaring the end of the war and Taliban victory with the capture of Kabul on Sunday, in what was apparently the first official trip by a Taliban leader to the country since the fall of the insurgent regime in 2001.

Sirajuddin Haqqani

He is the head of one of the most feared Taliban groupings in Afghanistan: the Haqqani network, founded by his father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, to fight the Soviet invasion in the 1980s.

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The group, classified as a terrorist by the United States, was associated with the Taliban when the Islamist group came to power in 1996.

Sirajuddin, 48, is known in the group for his military acumen and war strategies; and manages its own network of insurgents, with alleged bases in Pakistan.

He has been accused of being the mastermind behind some of the deadliest attacks on US and NATO forces in Afghanistan.

The United States has a couple of sketches of his face on its Most Wanted Terrorist list.

Mullah Yaqqob

He is the son of the founder of the Taliban movement and is currently the group’s military leader.

The 31-year-old is believed to have overseen all of the Taliban’s ground operations since last year, handling the management of the troops and overseeing all of their commanders.

He was one of the first Taliban leaders to order his fighters, after conquering Kabul on Sunday, to treat the population well and not enter civilian houses without permission.

Since 2016, he has been part of the “Rehbari Shura” group, the highest decision-making body of the Taliban militia.

Zabihullah Mujahid

The official spokesman for the Taliban is probably one of the most mentioned leaders in the media, although his face was unknown.

For the first time in decades, on Tuesday he appeared in public at the Taliban’s first official press conference after conquering the country, sporting a black turban and a carefully brushed long beard.

Mujahid communicated with journalists through calls, text messages, and emails; and through Twitter, he spread statements and made statements on Taliban or allied websites from undisclosed locations.

During the previous Taliban government in 1996, it was associated with the Afghan Ministry of Culture and Information, according to a report by The New York Times published in 2011.

Suhail shaheen

He rose to prominence after the Taliban formed their political office in Doha, where he became their spokesperson.

According to the Afghan-Bios database, Shaheen studied at the International Islamic University of Islamabad.

During the previous regime, Shaheen, who is fluent in English and is a prolific author, was editor of the state-owned Kabul Times newspaper, second secretary of the Afghan embassy in Pakistan and spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


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