The Taliban’s senior officers have been gathering within the Afghan capital Saturday for talks with elders and politicians on forming a authorities after their gorgeous sweep to energy final weekend.
The inside workings and management of the group have lengthy been shrouded in secrecy — even throughout their rule from 1996 to 2001 — however here’s a rundown of what’s identified:
Haibatullah Akhundzada, the supreme chief
Haibatullah Akhundzada was appointed chief of the Taliban in a swift energy transition after a US drone strike killed his predecessor, Mullah Mansour Akhtar, in 2016.
Before ascending the motion’s ranks, Akhundzada was a low-profile non secular determine. He is broadly believed to have been chosen to serve extra as a religious figurehead than a navy commander.
After being appointed chief, Akhundzada secured a pledge of loyalty from Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, who showered the cleric with reward — calling him “the emir of the faithful”.
This helped seal his jihadi credentials with the group’s long-time allies.
Akhundzada was tasked with the big problem of unifying a militant motion that briefly fractured throughout the bitter energy battle after Akhtar’s assassination, and the revelation that the management had hidden the loss of life of Taliban founder Mullah Omar for years.
His public profile has largely been restricted to the discharge of messages throughout Islamic holidays.
Mullah Baradar, the co-founder
Abdul Ghani Baradar was raised in Kandahar — the birthplace of the Taliban motion.
Like most Afghans, Baradar’s life was ceaselessly altered by the Soviet invasion of the nation within the late 1970s, reworking him into an rebel.
He was believed to have fought side-by-side with the one-eyed cleric Mullah Omar.
The two would go on to discovered the Taliban motion within the early 1990s throughout the chaos and corruption of the civil conflict that adopted the Soviet withdrawal.
After the Taliban regime was toppled in 2001 by US-led forces, Baradar is believed to have been amongst a small group of insurgents who approached interim chief Hamid Karzai with a possible deal that may have seen the militants recognise the brand new administration.
Arrested in Pakistan in 2010, Baradar was stored in custody till strain from the United States noticed him freed in 2018 and relocated to Qatar.
This is the place he was appointed head of the Taliban’s political workplace and oversaw the signing of the troop withdrawal settlement with the United States.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Haqqani Network
The son of a famed commander from the anti-Soviet jihad, Sirajuddin Haqqani doubles because the deputy chief of the Taliban and head of the highly effective Haqqani community.
The Haqqani community is a US-designated terror group lengthy considered as probably the most harmful militant factions in Afghanistan.
The group is notorious for its use of suicide bombers and is believed to have orchestrated among the most high-profile assaults in Kabul over time.
The community can be accused of assassinating high Afghan officers and holding kidnapped Western residents for ransom — together with US soldier Bowe Bergdahl, launched in 2014.
Known for his or her independence, preventing acumen, and savvy enterprise dealings, the Haqqanis function from the rugged mountains of jap Afghanistan, whereas holding appreciable sway over the Taliban’s management council.
Mullah Yaqoob, the scion
The son of Taliban co-founder Mullah Omar, Mullah Yaqoob heads the group’s highly effective navy fee, which oversaw the huge community of subject commanders charged with executing the insurgency.
Yaqoob’s father loved cult-like standing because the Taliban chief, and that potent lineage makes him a unifying determine within the motion.
Speculation stays, nevertheless, about Yaqoob’s precise position — with some analysts arguing that his appointment in 2020 was merely beauty.