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Taliban: 8 things to know about Afghanistan new leader, Mohammad Hassan Akhund




A senior Taliban official, Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, was on Tuesday, named the top of Afghanistan’s new authorities.

The spokesman, Zabihullah Mujahid introduced the appointment to the media in Kabul.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the political workplace, was appointed as Akhund’s deputy.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of late Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, was named as defence minister.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of the founding father of the Haqqani community (a U.S. designated terror group), is the inside minister.

The emergence of Akhund was not completely surprising though some had thought Baradar would lead the federal government.

Listed below are eight issues to know in regards to the new chief…

– Akhund, in his 60s, hails from Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban.

– Akhund has Pashtun lineage from Ahmad Shah Durrani, the founder of contemporary Afghanistan (circa 1700s).

– Akhund is the creator of a number of works on Islam.

– Akhund was an affiliate of the late founder, Mullah Mohammad Omar.

– Akhund has been near present supreme chief, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada for 20 years.

– Akhund is longtime chief of the Taliban’s highly effective management council, Rehbari Shura.

– Akhund is extra of a political than a non secular determine. His standing within the council offers him affect over the navy.

– Akhund was international minister and later deputy prime minister when the Taliban had been in energy from 1996-2001.

The Taliban seized energy in August after dethroning civil authority, the climax of a 20-year battle with Afghan and United States-led coalition forces.

Fighters claimed victory within the Panjshir valley, the final province to be conquered, after days of preventing with the Nationwide Resistance Entrance of Afghanistan (NRFA).

The jihadist motion has vowed to impose Islamic regulation in all international locations of the world.

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