New Taliban head of security for Kabul subject to 5 million dollar reward by US

Washington: The Taliban’s new self-declared chief of security in Kabul, Khalil Ur-Rahman Haqqani is wanted as a terrorist by the U.S. government 10 years ago and is subject to a $5 million reward.

In an interview with al Jazeera, Khalil Haqqani said that Taliban was working to re-establish order in Afghanistan. “If we can defeat superpowers, surely we can provide safety to the Afghan people,” he said.

Reportedly, U.S. officials suspect the bombing was carried out by ISIS-K. The attack raises questions about the Taliban’s capacity to look after the capital.

The Taliban itself was never designated by the U.S. government as a terrorist organization, but the Haqqani network, which has close ties to Al Qaeda and Pakistani intelligence, has long held that distinction.

Khalil Haqqani was designated a terrorist by the U.S. government in 2011. He was a CIA partner when the agency was providing weapons to the Afghan rebels in the 1980s to fight Soviet troops.

He is the uncle of Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is also a wanted terrorist subject to a 5 million dollar reward. Khalil engages in international fundraising for the Taliban and supports Taliban operations in Afghanistan, added reports.

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