Afghanistan: who is Mullah Hassan Akhund, the new prime minister of the Taliban government (and the other key cabinet figures) – El Tiempo Latino

The Taliban released this recent photo of their new acting prime minister, Mullah Mohamed Hassan Akhund.

A hard-line cabinet, made up of senior Taliban figures, some of whom are known for their attacks on US forces over the past two decades and with a total absence of women in positions of power.

This is the new government announced this Tuesday by the Taliban for Afghanistan.

The cabinet will be headed by the mullah Mohamed Hassan Akhund |, one of the founders of the movement, who is on a UN blacklist.

Another key figure in the new government is Sirajuddin Haqqani, who will serve as Interior Minister and who is under an arrest warrant from the FBI.

But what about the new prime minister of the Taliban government and what are the other key figures in it?

Hassan Akhund, primary ministro

Mullah Hassan Akhund is one of the four men who founded the Taliban in Afghanistan in 1994.

As reported Al Jazeera, Akhund hails from Kandahar, the birthplace of the Taliban, and is believed to be in his 60s or possibly older.

Head of the powerful Taliban Leadership Council, or Rehbari Shura, was a figure close to the movement’s first leader, Mullah Mohamed Omar.

He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Prime Minister during the Taliban rule in Afghanistan in 1996-2001.

He is under UN sanctions for his role in government during that period.

It is influential in the religious wing of the movement, rather than on the military side.

His appointment is seen as a compromise, after recent reports of internal rivalries between some relatively moderate Taliban figures and other hardliners.

Akhund is highly respected within the movement, especially for its supreme leader, Haibatullah Akhunzada, a Taliban source told the Reuters news agency.

Sirajuddin Haqqani, ministro del Interior

Sirajuddin Haqqani is another of the main figures of the group, who is in a list of the most wanted by the FBI.

After the death of his father, Jalaluddin Haqqani, he became the new leader of the Haqqani network, which is credited with some of the most violent attacks in Afghanistan against Afghan forces and their Western allies in the last years.

The red Haqqani It is currently one of the most powerful and feared militant groups in the region. Some say it is even more influential than the Islamic State group in Afghanistan.

Image of the most wanted of the Haqqani network by the FBI.
Image of the most wanted of the Haqqani network by the FBI.

The group, designated by the United States as a terrorist organization, oversees financial and military assets of the Taliban along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border.

Haqqani is believed to be around 45 years old.

According to the FBI profile on Haqqani, “he is wanted for questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul … in which six people, including a US citizen, were killed.”

Abdul Ghani Baradar, Deputy Prime Minister

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is the founder of the Taliban.

He was captured in a joint US-Pakistani operation in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi in February 2010.

Mike Pompeo and Abdul Ghani Baradar
Then-US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Abdul Ghani Baradar in Doha in September 2020.

He spent eight years in prison, until he was released as part of a plan to facilitate the peace process.

He has been the head of his political office in Qatar since January 2019. He signed the Doha agreement on the withdrawal of US troops on behalf of the Taliban.

Mohamed Yaqoob, ministro de Defensa

Mohamed Yaqoob is the son of the founder of the Taliban, Mullah Mohamed Omar.

He rose to fame in 2015 when, in an audio message released after his father’s death, he called for unity within the militant group.

He is believed to be in his early 30s and is currently the leader of the group’s military operations.



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