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Leaders [ edit ]
Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund First Deputy Council of Ministers
At large; spoke to
Reuters by satellite telephone from an undisclosed location on May 4, 2003 Reported to be a leader in the
Taliban's Quetta Shura. [1 ] Reported captured in late February 2010.
Abdul Rahman Zahed Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs
Allegedly created an impression that he entered Pakistan after the
U.S. invasion of Afghanistan, but had returned before the end of 2001 to his home village in Loghar province; [2 ] at large
Reported to be a leader in the Taliban's Quetta Shura. Reported captured in late February 2010.
Mullah Ubaidullah Akhund
* Captured by Pakistani forces, late Feb. 2007
Died of heart disease in a Pakistan prison in 2010 [3 ] [4 ] [5 ]
Mullah Abdul Razaq
Afghan forces captured Razaq while scouring a rugged mountainous region north of
Kandahar, April 1, 2003. Razaq's son, Abdul, had been killed on September 5, 2002 as he tried to shoot President [6 ] Hamid Karzai. Abdul Razaq testified he had merely started out as a civilian, conscripted into Afghanistan's civil service by the Pakistan who was promoted to Commerce Minister, without ever becoming a member of the Taliban. He testified he had taken advantage of an amnesty Karzai offered when the Taliban fell, and had not been involved in politics since the fall of the Taliban. [7 ]
Khaksar Akhund Deputy Minister of Interior Affairs
Staged a public press conference in
Kabul, late November, 2001 and denounced the Taliban; by August 2002, he supports the U.S.-backed Afghan government of Hamid Karzai; at large [8 ]
Qari Ahmadullah Minister of Security (Intelligence)
Killed in late December 2001 by a United States bombing raid in the
Paktia province [9 ]
Nooruddin Turabi Minister of Justice
Allegedly sheltered in
Quetta by Pakistani officials by the end of 2001; captured by United States forces and then set free and given general amnesty in early January 2002 [2 ] [10 ] [11 ]
Amir Khan Muttaqi Minister of Culture & Information
Allegedly moved to
Peshawar, Pakistan before the end of 2001 and still "hiding out in the Pakistani frontier" March 19, 2002; [2 ] [12 ] still at large
* In February 2002, he was "hiding with his military force about 5 miles from Uruzgan village";
Abdul Raqib First Deputy Council of Ministers
Unknown (is he the same Abdul Raqib as the official from the agriculture department in 2003?
) [15 ]
Governors [ edit ]
Other high-ranking officials, ambassadors and envoys abroad [ edit ]
Field commanders [ edit ]
Chief of Staff
Mullah Dadullah senior military commander
Escaped from the siege of
Kunduz in November 2001 and reached Kandahar. Took part in the evacuation of Kandahar, then may have returned to his native town Kajai in Helmand province. Allegedly participated (by giving orders via cell phone) in the murder of [16 ] Ricardo Munguia on March 27, 2003. He was nicknamed by the anti-Taliban resistance before the Taliban government fell as the Lame Englishman because he a) lost a leg in the jihad and because b) he's as cunning as the devilish English.
One of the most effective commanders in the resistance, he has been linked to massacres of Shi'a, the scorched earth policy of Shi'a villages in 2001 (which he boasted about once on the radio), the summary execution of men suspected of throwing hand grenades into his compound in 2001 (they were hanged at one of the main roundabouts), and
suicide bombings. Killed on May 13, 2007.
Jalaluddin Haqqani Described as Taliban's current military leader
First mujahideen commander to capture a city,
Khost, from the Soviets, in 1991. [35 ] Didn't ally with the Taliban until after their capture of Kabul in 1995.
Hamid Karzai asked him to serve as Prime Minister, in an attempt to split off the Taliban's moderate wing.
Abdul Razaq Nafez field commander
Shahzada provincial commander
Interviewed by the
in Pakistan, in 2003. New York Times [36 ] Later reports, apparently based on the NYT article, additionally claimed he was captured in 2001, sent to Guantánamo, released 2003, killed in US raid on Taliban in late May 2004. But the only
Shahzada held in Guantanamo wasn't captured until 2003, and wasn't released until 2005. There is no evidence that the Guantanmo detainee named Shahzada was ever a member of the Taliban, or that he had enrolled in the Taliban following his release.
Muhammad Hasan Rehmani militia commander
In early 2010 an individual named
"Mullah was reported to have been a recently captured leader of the Hassan Rehmani" Taliban's Quetta Shura. He was alleged to have been a former governor of Kandahar. A second recently captured Taliban leader was named [1 ] "Mullah . He was alleged to have been a former Taliban foreign minister. Muhammad Hassan"
Gul Mohammed Jangvi field commander
On July 19, 2006 explained the Taliban's unexpected withdrawal from
Helmand. [37 ]
Akhtar Mohammad Osmani field commander
Killed in U.S. airstrike in December 2006. Confirmed dead by Taliban officials.
Mullah Abdul Zahir group commander
Killed in the U.S. airstrike that killed Osmani in December 2006
Sheikh Ilyas Khel Commander
Captured in Pakistan as of August 2, 2007
References [ edit ]
^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m Amir Mir (2010-03-01). "Pakistan wipes out half of Quetta Shura". The News International. Archived from the original on 2010-03-04. "According to well-informed diplomatic circles in Islamabad, the decision-makers in the powerful Pakistani establishment seem to have concluded in view of the ever-growing nexus between the Pakistani and the Afghan Taliban that they are now one and the same and the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and the Quetta Shura Taliban (QST) could no more be treated as two separate Jihadi entities."
^ a b c Former minister says fugitive Taliban leaders living life of luxury in Pakistan, , December 24, 2001 The Guardian
^ 'Taleban leader held' in Pakistan, , March 2, 2007 BBC News
^ "Taliban announces death of ex-defense minister in 2010". Fox News. 2012-02-13.
^ "Fresh fighting in Afghanistan". BBC News. 2003-04-02 . Retrieved 2009-06-29.
^ OARDEC (2005-12-16). "Summary of Administrative Review Board Proceedings of ISN 1043". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 64–82. Archived from the original on 2008-03-07 . Retrieved 2008-04-02.
^ Paras on alert for storming of Kandahar, , November 25, 2001 The Telegraph
^ Taleban spy chief 'killed in raid', , January 3, 2002 BBC
^ US begins transferring terror prisoners to Cuban base: Gunfire errupts [sic] as plane with al-Qaida members takes off, , January 10, 2002 Boston Globe
^ High-Ranking Taliban Leaders Surrender, Are Set Free, , January 9, 2002 Fox News
^ Taliban Vow Revenge, , March 19, 2002 CBS News
^ Taliban commander killed in Afghanistan, , May 28, 2003 Daily Times
^ How the U.S. Killed the Wrong Afghans, , February 6, 2002 Time (magazine)
^ a b c d e Carroll, Rory (2001-12-24). "Former minister says fugitive Taliban leaders living life of luxury in Pakistan". The Guardian (London).
^ Filkins, Dexter (2010-03-24). "After Arrests, Taliban Promote a Fighter". The New York Times.
^ "US Likely to Release Top Taliban Leaders from Gitmo". Outlook Afghanistan. 2012-01-05 . Retrieved 2012-01-12. "According to Haqyar, Mullah Noorullah Noori was a resident of Shah Joy district in Zabul province and had served as governor for Laghman, Baghlan and Balkh provinces." mirror
^ "List of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba from January 2002 through May 15, 2006". United States Department of Defense . Retrieved 2006-05-15.
^ "Measurements of Heights and Weights of Individuals Detained by the Department of Defense at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba (ordered and consolidated version)". Center for the Study of Human Rights in the Americas, from DoD data. Archived from the original on 2009-12-21.
^ OARDEC (August 8, 2004). "Summary of Evidence for Combatant Status Review Tribunal -- Noori, Mullah Norullah". United States Department of Defense. pp. pages 7–8 . Retrieved 2008-03-01.
^ Mazari Sharif is not a Province.
^ Archie McLean (2009-03-06). "Afghan nomads now tied to a desperate land". Edmonton Journal . Retrieved 2009-03-15. mirror
^ a b Tom Lasseter (June 15, 2008). "Guantanamo Inmate Database: Naim Kochi". McClatchy News Service . Retrieved 2008-06-15. mirror
^ "Security council committee on Afghanistan designates further individuals, financial entities relating to resolution 1267 (1999) and 1333 (2000)". United Nations. 2000-04-12. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04. "In a note verbale addressed to Member States on 12 April 2000, the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Afghanistan designated funds and financial resources of the Taliban as per paragraph 4(b) of that resolution and approved a list of entities and/or persons that have so far been identified by the Committee based on information provided by Member States as falling under one of the categories mentioned in the above note, as well as in Press Release SC/6844. The following entities have been added to the list ... Maulavi Ahmad Jan, Governor of Zabol Province"
^ "Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) concerning Al-Qaida and the Taliban and Associated Individuals and Entities". United Nations. 1999-10-15. Archived from the original on 2010-02-04.
^ "The Consolidated List established and maintained by the 1267 Committee with respect to Al-Qaida, Usama bin Laden, and the Taliban and other individuals, groups, undertakings and entities associated with them". United Nations. 2010-01-25. Archived from the original on 2010-02-05. "TI.A.109.01. Name: 1: AHMAD JAN 2: AKHUNZADA 3: na 4: na Name (original script): احمد جان آخوند زاده Title: Maulavi Designation: Governor of Zabol Province under the Taliban regime DOB: na POB: Urazgan province, Afghanistan Good quality a.k.a.: na Low quality a.k.a.: na Nationality: Afghan Passport no.: na National identification no.: na Address: na Listed on: 25 Jan. 2001 (amended on 3 Sep. 2003, 21 Sep. 2007) Other information: na"
^ Aziz Ahmad Shafe; Mohammad Ilyas Dayee; Jean MacKenzie (2010-06-03). "Making Musa Qala Work". IWPR . Retrieved 2008-11-11.
^ The Daily Telegraph (London) http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2002/01/31/wafg31.xml&sSheet=/news/2002/01/31/ixworld.html .
^ "Taleban 'defectors' in Kandahar appeal". BBC News. 2001-12-04.
^ Taliban in north surrender in droves, , November 24, 2001 CNN
^ "Guantanamo Bay Detainees Classified as "No Longer Enemy Combatants. "" Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2007-02-04 . Retrieved 2008-03-26.
^ Through the eyes of the Taliban, , May 5, 2004 Asia Times
^ Revived Taliban making waves in northern Pakistan, , May 7, 2003 New York Times
^ CBC News http://www.cbc.ca/world/story/2006/12/27/osmani-death.html .