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“Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a brutal Taliban offshoot known as the Haqqani network, is the new acting interior minister.”

The Washington Post describing new Afghanistan government leadership.

Published on

sep 8, 2021

  • The U.S. State Dept. has designated the Haqqani Network as a foreign terrorist organization. Some describe it as having "ties" to al Qaeda; others describe it as al Qaeda.
  • The FBI has offered a $10 million reward for information resulting in the arrest of the new interior minister.
  • The Afghanistan government only has Taliban officials in charge - no women & no former government officials from past leadership roles.

Why It Matters: After 20 years of war that had the goal of preventing Afghanistan from once again becoming a safe haven for terrorists to operate, train and plan attacks against the U.S. and others, this concern returns with the Taliban-dominated government.

Here's a list of the major players from The Washington Post.

Here's another overview (without a paywall) from the Associated Press.

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