FBI-Wanted Taliban Leader Announced as Interior Minister

FBI-Wanted Taliban Leader Announced as Interior Minister

(RepublicanPress.org) – The Taliban seized control of Afghanistan at about the same time the US completed its withdrawal from the war-torn country. The extremist group faces major economic setbacks with no access to the former government’s billions of dollars or the International Monetary Fund to fund its transition. The US still controls much of Afghan’s financial resources. Nevertheless, the Taliban decided to deal a near-death blow to its future.

On Tuesday, September 7, Taliban officials announced the creation of an interim Afghan government. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the feared son of the founder of the feared Haqqani network, was named Minister of the Interior.

The FBI placed Sirajuddin Haqqani on its most-wanted list years ago for his possible role in a 2008 terrorist attack on a hotel in Kabul. Six people died in that attack, including one US citizen. A reward of up to $10 million remains in effect for any information leading to his arrest.

Likewise, longtime Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund was named as prime minister. He currently appears on a United Nations blacklist for his decades-long terrorist activities.

It remains doubtful that the Taliban will access foreign markets or other international economic perks with the group’s history. However, it doesn’t help that two of its top leaders are wanted fugitives.

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