List of Taliban leaders

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This is a list of Taliban leaders.


Name Position Situation
Mullah Omar Commander of the Faithful
  • Founder and spiritual leader of the Taliban
  • Died in April 2013 in Afghanistan. He was confirmed dead in July 2015 by the Afghan government and then Taliban officials.[1]
Mullah Akhtar Mansour Commander of the Faithful
  • Elected July 2015.
  • Killed in May 2016 of a U.S. drone strike. The U.S. government, Afghan government, al-Qaeda, and the Taliban confirmed the death.
Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada Commander of the Faithful
  • Elected May 2016 a few days after the US drone killed his predecessor.

Deputies and ministers[edit]

Name Position Situation
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar Governor of Herat and Nimruz Province
  • One of the original founders of the Taliban along with Mullah Omar
  • Said to be the Deputy leader of the Taliban[2]
Mullah Obaidullah Akhund Minister of Defense
  • Senior Taliban leader
  • Captured by Pakistani forces, late February 2007[3] Died of heart disease in a Pakistan prison in 2010[4][5]
Wakil Ahmed Muttawakil Foreign Minister
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;[7]
  • at large

Reported to be a leader in the Taliban's Quetta Shura.[1] Reported captured in late February 2010.[1]

Mullah Mohammed Hassan Akhund First Deputy Council of Ministers
Mohammad Nabi Omari Minister of Communications
  • Was the Taliban's chief of communications
  • Listed as a member of the Taliban leadership.[9]
Mullah Abdul Razaq Commerce Minister
  • Afghan forces captured Razaq while scouring a rugged mountainous region north of Kandahar, April 1, 2003.[10] Razaq's son, Abdul, had been killed on September 5, 2002 as he tried to shoot President Hamid Karzai.[citation needed] Abdul Razaq testified he had merely started out as a civilian, conscripted into Afghanistan's civil service by the Pakistan[clarification needed] who was promoted to Commerce Minister, without ever becoming a member of the Taliban.[11] 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.
Mullah 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;[12] at large
Qari Ahmadullah Minister of Security (Intelligence)
  • Killed in late December 2001 by a United States bombing raid in the Paktia province[13]
Abdul Haq Wasiq Deputy Minister of Intelligence
  • Served as Deputy Minister of Intelligence in the Taliban Intelligence Service.[14]
  • Served as acting Minister of Intelligence when Qari Ahmadullah was away from Kabul performing his duties as governor of Tahar province.[14]
  • Arrived at the Guantanamo detention camps on January 11, 2002, and he was held there until 31 May 2014.[15]
Mullah Nooruddin Turabi Minister of Justice
  • Allegedly sheltered in Quetta by Pakistani officials by the end of 2001;[7] captured by United States forces and then set free and given general amnesty in early January 2002[16][17]
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;[7][18]
  • still at large
Mullah Ghausuddin
Mullah Abbas Akhund * In February 2002, he was "hiding with his military force about 5 miles from Uruzgan village";[20]
  • at large
Mawlawi Abdul Raqib First Deputy Council of Ministers
  • Unknown (is he the same Abdul Raqib as the official from the agriculture department in 2003?[21])


Name Position Situation
Mawlawi Abdul Kabir Governor of Nangrahar Province
Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa Governor of Herat Province and Minister of the Interior
Mawlawi Norullah Noori Governor of Balkh Province
Na'im Kucki Governor of Bamian Province
Mawlawi Ahmad Jan Governor of Zabul Province
Mullah Hassan Rehmani governor of Kandahar province
Mullah Mir Muhammad shadow governor of Baghlan province in 2010
Mullah Abdul Salam shadow governor of Kunduz province in 2010
Mullah Abdul Salaam Alizai Governor of Orūzgān Province in the 1990s | * Defected to the government in December 2007.[39]

Other high-ranking officials, ambassadors and envoys abroad[edit]

Name Position Situation
Abdul Salam Zaeef Ambassador to Pakistan
Noor Mohammad Saqib Chief Justice of the Supreme Court
  • Allegedly moved to Peshawar, Pakistan before the end of 2001;[22] arrested January 30, 2002 near Quetta by Pakistani authorities;[41] whereabouts now unknown
Sayed Rahmatullah Hashemi Envoy to United States
Abdul Hakim Mujahid Envoy to the United Nations
  • Arrived in Pakistan in early December 2001[42]
Hammdidullah, aka Janat Gul Head of Ariana Afghan Airlines

Field commanders[edit]

Name Position Situation
Mullah Mohammad Fazl 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.[22] Allegedly participated (by giving orders via cell phone) in the murder of 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 (about which he once boasted 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.[46]
  • 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
Mullah Shahzada provincial commander
  • A commander prior to the U.S. invasion, he was captured after the defeat of the Taliban and was interred in Guantanamo. He managed to convince authorities he was instead a civilian detained in error, and was released in 2003. He returned to fighting and was killed in 2004.[47]
Mullah Muhammad Hasan Rehmani militia commander
  • At large
  • In early 2010 an individual named "Mullah Hassan Rehmani" was reported to have been a recently captured leader of the Taliban's Quetta Shura.[8] He was alleged to have been a former governor of Kandahar. A second recently captured Taliban leader was named "Mullah Muhammad Hassan". He was alleged to have been a former Taliban foreign minister.
Gul Mohammed Jangvi field commander
  • On July 19, 2006 explained the Taliban's unexpected withdrawal from Helmand.[48]
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Osmani field commander Killed in U.S. airstrike in December 2006. Confirmed dead by Taliban officials.[49]
Mullah Abdul Zahir group commander Killed in the U.S. airstrike that killed Osmani in December 2006[50]
Sheikh Ilyas Khel Commander Captured in Pakistan as of August 2, 2007[citation needed]

Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan leaders[edit]

Name Position Situation
Maulana Fazlullah Commander

See also[edit]


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