Mohammad Akhund becomes Afghanistan leader as Taliban forms new government
Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund has been announced by Taliban as the head of Afghanistan’s new government.
Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban head of media, made the announcement at a news conference in Kabul on Tuesday.
The son of the late founder Mullah Omar, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob was named as defence minister.
The son of Haqqani network founder, Sirajuddin Haqqani is the interior minister. The organisation is on a United States terrorism list.
Haqqani is wanted by the FBI for his role in suicide attacks and ties with Al Qaeda.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of Taliban’s political wing, is Akhund’s deputy. The development came as a surprise.
He was a close friend of late Omar, commanded attacks against U.S. forces and later negotiated America’s withdrawal.
Baradar was arrested, jailed in Pakistan in 2010, and became head of the fundamentalist group’s political office in Doha after release in 2018.
Spokesman Mujahid was silent on Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban supreme leader. All appointments are in an acting capacity.
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