Taliban Seemingly Picks New Afghan Interior Minister From FBI Most Wanted List

In an announcement put forth this past Tuesday, the Taliban announced “the formation of a hardline interim government for Afghanistan,” as reported by CNN, and one of the top ministers assigned is the FBI-wanted alleged terror leader Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is the leader of the Taliban and the al Qaeda-aligned Hawwani network and a State Department “specially designated global terrorist.”

“Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a long-time Taliban member who has been [the] leader of the group’s Shura or Leadership Council for about two decades, was named as prime minister. He is seen as an influential and respected on the religious side of the movement, rather than on its military side,” stated CNN. There has not been a single female leader posted among those appointed, in spite of the Taliban’s seemingly newfound commitment to women’s rights.

“Two senior figures in the Haqqani Network, a US-designated terror group aligned with the Taliban and al Qaeda, will be in in the interim government. Both have been sanctioned by the United Nations and the US,” the outlet continued.

Sirajuddin Haqqani is known to be the leader of the Haqqani Network, reported CNN, and he is now in league with Khalil Haqqani, his uncle, who was placed as the “acting minister of refugees,” even though it is currently unclear if that is aimed at incoming or outgoing Afghans.

Sirajuddin Haqqani is currently wanted by both the United States State Department and the FBI and is known to have a $5 million bounty on his head which was set by the U.S. State Department, as reported by the FBI’s “Most Wanted” list, which stated that his location is currently unknown.

“The Rewards For Justice Program, United States Department of State, is offering a reward of up to $5 million for information leading directly to the arrest of Sirajuddin Haqqani,” stated the website. “Haqqani is thought to stay in Pakistan, specifically the Miram Shah, North Waziristan, Pakistan, area. He is reportedly a senior leader of the Haqqani network and maintains close ties to the Taliban and al Qaeda. Haqqani is a specially designated global terrorist.”

“Sirajuddin Haqqani is wanted for questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen. He is believed to have coordinated and participated in cross-border attacks against the United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Haqqani also allegedly was involved in the planning of the assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008,” reported the FBI.

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