Afghanistan war: Who’s who in the Taliban leadership
In the Afghanistan war, the Taliban’s leadership council, or the Quetta Shura, has had 7 of its 15 Afghan members arrested in Pakistan in recent days. Here's a look at the key players in the Afghan Taliban leadership.
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Maulavi Abdul Kabir (captured): Head of military and logistical operations in the eastern part of Afghanistan (Laghman, Kunar, Nuristan and Nangarhar provinces) He was also on the Taliban’s political affairs committee, which is involved in outreach to other groups and governments. He was based in Peshawar, Pakistan. .
Jalaluddin Haqqani: A famed, aging fighter during the 1980s war against the Soviets. His son, Sirajuddin, has effectively succeeded him as head of the Haqqani Network, one of the most powerful insurgent networks in Afghanistan.
Mullah Abdul Razzak: Former Information minister for the Taliban when it ruled Afghanistan from 1996 to 2001, Mullah Razzak is considered an important military planner. He was arrested by Pakistan in 2003, but was released and rejoined the group shortly thereafter.
Amir Khan Muttaqi: A former minister in the Taliban government, and a longtime friend of Mullah Omar. He currently heads propaganda efforts.
Agha Jan Mutassim: At one time the Taliban's head of political affairs in Quetta, he is thought to be involved in efforts to explore negotiations with the Afghan government.
Mullah Ahmad Jan Akhunzada: (captured): The former Taliban governor of eastern Zabul Province.
Mullah Abdul Jalil: Reportedly head of the Taliban's shadow "Interior ministry.”
Sayed Tayeb: Mullah Omar's former spokesman.
Mullah Muhammad Hassan (captured): The former guerrilla fighter against the Soviets turned Taliban member, Mr. Hassan is said to have been close to Mullah Omar during the Taliban government. He is a former Taliban foreign minister.