Abdul Kabir

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Abdul Kabir
Head of the Supreme Council of Afghanistan
Disputed, acting
In office
16 April 2001 – 13 November 2001*
Leader Mohammed Omar
Preceded by Mohammad Rabbani
Succeeded by Burhanuddin Rabbani
Personal details
Born 1958/1963
Political party Taliban
Religion Islam (Deobandi)[1]
*Abdul Kabir's term has been disputed by Burhanuddin Rabbani.

Maulavi Mohammed Abdul Kabir is a senior member of the Taliban leadership.[2] The United Nations reports that he was Second Deputy of the Taliban's Council of Ministers; Governor of Nangarhar Province; and Head of the Eastern Zone. The U.N. reports that Kabir was born between 1958 and 1963, in Paktia, Afghanistan, and is from the Zadran tribe. The U.N. reports that Kabir is active in terrorist operations in Eastern Afghanistan.

In April 2002 Abdul Razzak told the Associated Press Kabir was believed to have fled Nangarhar to Paktia, along with Ahmed Khadr[3]

The Chinese News Agency Xinhua reported that Abdul Kabir was captured in Nowshera, Pakistan, on July 16, 2005.[4][5] Captured with Abdul Kabir were his brother Abdul Aziz, Mullah Abdul Qadeer, Mullah Abdul Haq, and a fifth unnamed member of the Taliban leadership.

On July 19, 2006, United States Congressman Roscoe G. Bartlett listed Abdul Kabir as a former suspected terrorist who the US government no longer considers a threat.[6]

In spite of these reports, intelligence officials quoted in Asia Times indicated Kabir and other senior Taliban leaders may have been in North Waziristan, Pakistan during Ramadan 2007, planning an offensive in southeastern Afghanistan.[7]

Also, Xinhua reported on October 21, 2007, quoting from an account from Daily Afghanistan, that Abdul Kabir had been appointed commander in Nangarhar, Laghman, Kunar and Nooristan provinces.[8]

A report on February 21, 2010 stated that Kabir was captured in Pakistan as a result of intelligence gleaned from Mullah Baradar, himself taken into custody earlier in the month. Kabir was later released.[9][10][11]


  1. ^ Deobandi Islam: The Religion of the Taliban U. S. Navy Chaplain Corps, 15 October 2001
  2. ^ The list of individuals belonging to or associated with the Taliban Archived October 23, 2006, at the Wayback Machine., United Nations, October 4, 2006
  3. ^ Kathy Gannon (2002-04-28). "Dangerous feuds threaten Afghan war". Associated Press. Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Abdul Razzak, a former loyalist of dissident Afghan leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, told The Associated Press he met Abdul Kabir, the former governor of Nangarhar province and the No. 3 man in the Taliban, just two weeks ago in Paktia province. Razzak also said Saeed Al Khadr, an Egyptian Canadian and one of the 20 most-wanted al-Qaida members, is in Paktia after fleeing Nangarhar with Kabir. Khadr was implicated in the suicide bombing of the Egyptian Embassy in Pakistan in the 1990s that killed 17 people. 
  4. ^ "Top Taliban commander held in Pakistan". Xinhua. 2005-07-19. Archived from the original on 2010-12-15. 
  5. ^ Top Taliban leaders captured, Shia News, July 19, 2005
  6. ^ Roscoe G. Bartlett (2006-07-19). "jihadists who are no longer a threat". Congressional Record. Archived from the original on 2010-12-14. 
  7. ^ Pakistan plans all-out war on militants, Asia Times, October 19, 2007
  8. ^ Report: Taliban appoint new regional chief in Afghanistan, Xinhua, October 21, 2007
  9. ^ "Major Taliban Operative Captured in Pakistan". Fox News. 2010-02-21. Archived from the original on 2010-11-03. Retrieved 2010-02-21. Mulvi Kabir, the former Taliban governor in Afghanistan's Nangahar Province, and a key figure in the Taliban regime was recently captured in Pakistan, two senior U.S. officials tell Fox News. Kabir, considered to be among the top ten most wanted Taliban leaders, was apprehended in the Naw Shera district of Pakistan's Northwest Frontier Province by Pakistani police forces in recent days. 
  10. ^ 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. 
  11. ^ Filkins, Dexter (2010-03-24). "After Arrests, Taliban Promote a Fighter". The New York Times. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Mohammad Rabbani
Head of the Supreme Council of Afghanistan
Disputed, acting

Succeeded by
Burhanuddin Rabbani