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October 26, 2021
The Taliban’s new self-proclaimed “head of security” in Kabul is reportedly a wanted terrorist of the United States of over 10 years, and is subject to a $5 million reward to anyone who captures him.
Khalil Ur-Rahman Haqqani told Al Jazeera in an interview published Sunday that the Taliban was working to restore order in Afghanistan. He said in the interview, “If we can defeat superpowers, surely we can provide safety to the Afghan people.”
However genuine these assurances may have been, the reality might actually be completely different after what a Pentagon spokesman called a “complex” bombing attack outside Kabul airport Thursday that killed 13 U.S. service members and caused an undetermined number of Afghan casualties.
According to many top U.S. officials, the bombing was likely caused by a terrorist member of ISIS-K organization, who happens to be a bitter rival of the Taliban. This raises the question as to whether or not the Taliban is capable of effectively policing the capital and the surrounding area in Afghanistan.
According to NBC News, “Two Taliban leaders said in an interview that their biggest blunder was releasing thousands of prisoners, among them hardcore Islamic State commanders, master trainers and bomb-makers. They were very trained people, and they are now organizing themselves.”
ARTICLE: ETHAN FINN
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: NBC NEWS