Qari Ahmadullah

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Qari Ahmadullah (Pashto: قاری احمدالله‎) (d. December 27, 2001(2001-12-27)) was an Afghan politician and the Taliban's first interior minister in 1996.[1][2]

He was also responsible for bribing anti-Taliban commanders to desert the ranks of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan opposition. Ahmadullah also commanded troops fighting on frontlines in the north of the country against the Northern Alliance.

According to the testimony of Abdul Haq Wasiq, before his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, Ahmadullah was the Minister of Intelligence, and the Governor of Takhar Province. Abdul Haq described Ahmadullah as an uneducated man.[3]

He was supposedly killed in the opening days of 2002, in the American airstrike against Mullah Taha's house in Zadran.[4] But a recent investigation in Harper's Magazine, 12 years after the incident, says Ahmadullah is alive.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Taleban spy chief 'killed in raid'". BBC News. 2002-01-03. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  2. ^ "Al Qaeda planning next phase". Christian Science Monitor. 2001-12-28. Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  3. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Haq Wasiq's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 13-24
  4. ^ "Taliban intelligence head reported killed in U.S. bombing". CNN. 2002-01-02. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  5. ^ Mashal, Mujib. "The Pious Spy: A Taliban intelligence chief's death and resurrection". Harper's Magazine (January 2014).