Sirajuddin Haqqani is a notoriously brutal terrorist with al Qaeda ties who is wanted by the FBI and was just named as the Taliban’s new interim interior minister on Tuesday.
He is the head of a vicious terror group known as the Haqqani network and, according to the Associated Press, is thought to be holding an American hostage. His appointment is seen as an affront to the United States and Western countries. Haqqani will ironically oversee law enforcement in Kabul and brutally implement Sharia law.
Seth Jones, who is a senior vice president and director of the International Security Program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies, told the Wall Street Journal that Haqqani’s new position is on par with being the director of the FBI.
“The Taliban’s appointment—days before the 20th anniversary of the terror attack – is nothing less than a slap in the face of the U.S. and its Western allies,” he asserted.
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Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund, who is one of the Taliban’s founders, was named as prime minister in the new Taliban government lineup. He’s currently on a United Nations blacklist, according to Al Jazeera.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is a Taliban co-founder and often referred to as “Baradar the Butcher,” has been tapped as deputy prime minister.
The Haqqani network is a vicious arm of the Taliban that carries out their dirty work with the full support of the group. They are known to be behind some of the deadliest attacks against coalition forces over the last two decades. One of those attacks was a truck bomb explosion in Kabul in 2017 that killed more than 150 people.
The FBI has a $10 million bounty on Haqqani’s head and claims his terrorist group works with al Qaeda, according to the BBC.
“Haqqani is wanted for questioning in connection with the January 2008 attack on a hotel in Kabul, Afghanistan, that killed six people, including an American citizen,” the FBI asserts. “He is believed to have coordinated and participated in cross-border attacks against United States and coalition forces in Afghanistan. Haqqani also allegedly was involved in the planning of the assassination attempt on Afghan President Hamid Karzai in 2008.”
He’s a U.S. “most wanted terrorist.”
At least 3 other Haqqani’s in the “cabinet,” including another “most wanted” — Khalil Haqqani, who’s Minister of Refugees. pic.twitter.com/f3QhKZa3iJ
— Charles Lister (@Charles_Lister) September 7, 2021
The Haqqani network was also tagged for an attack on the U.S. embassy and nearby NATO bases in Kabul on September 12, 2011. Eight people were killed in that attack including four police officers and four civilians.
His aliases include Siraj, Khalifa, Mohammad Siraj, Sarajadin, Cirodjiddin, Seraj, Arkani, Khalifa (Boss) Shahib, Halifa, Ahmed Zia, Sirajuddin Jallaloudine Haqqani, Siraj Haqqani, Serajuddin Haqani, Siraj Haqani, and Saraj Haqani.
Haqqani’s father was the founder of the network.
Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) calls the Taliban’s new government a “lineup of thugs and butchers.”
“What could possibly go wrong with this cast of characters?” Graham told the BBC. “If you’re a radical Islamic sympathizer, this is an all-star lineup.”
The Biden administration has stated that there is “no rush” to recognize the Taliban as the official government of Afghanistan. Although they are making that statement, they have in essence done exactly that and they are staying mum on the new government officials that are taking office.
“The world will be watching whether they allow for American citizens, whether they allow individuals to leave who want to, and how they treat women and girls around the country,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki proclaimed. But we are already seeing that play out as there are no women in their government and religious edicts against women are now being enforced. Americans are still stranded behind enemy lines in hiding as well.
The ascension of Haqqani in the Taliban government was widely met with derision on social media:
Calling all bounty hunters: if you want the $5 million the US has offered for Siraj Haqqani, you can track his movements pretty easily. Just follow the trail of US, UN & other leaders rushing to legitimize the terrorist govt of the Taliban in Kabul/Doha. https://t.co/wDC8dxx942
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) September 7, 2021
Never mind the Taliban’s Interior Minister Siraj Haqqani was designated a foreign terrorist (FTO) by the US in 2012 & there’s a bounty on his head. If you want to know why US leaders have gone insane – ask them. pic.twitter.com/dsAO3NUrTk
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) September 4, 2021
URGENT BREAKING NEWS: ACC TO FIRST-HAND US SOURCE – KNOWN TERRORIST LEADER SIRAJ HAQQANI WILL “VET” US MANIFESTS OF MOST VULNERABLE, HIGH RISK AFGHANS FLEEING FOR THEIR LIVES – HISTORY REPEATS ITSELF: SCHINDLER’S LIST TO THE NAZIS.
— Lara Logan (@laralogan) September 8, 2021
The famed @nytopinion writer Sirajuddin Haqqani who also moonlighted as the principal of a suicide bombers’ training school becomes the Taliban interior minister. Congrats @nytimes editorial board — it’s Pulitzer Prize of sorts or shall we say a Howitzer Prize
— Mohammad Taqi (@mazdaki) September 7, 2021
On Tuesday the Taliban (named) Sirajuddin Haqqani as interior minister.
This is, literally, putting a jihadist terrorist in charge of internal security. Mr. Haqqani is on the FBI’s most wanted list, & the U.S. is offering up to $10 million for..his arrest. via @WSJopinion
— Sean Spicer (@seanspicer) September 8, 2021
Biden's new ally, the Taliban, announced Sirajuddin Haqqani as Afghanistan's new Minister of Interior, the equivalent of US FBI Dir. Haqqani is a US terrorist with ties to the 9/11 attackers and man Biden now claims will help save the US citizens Biden left behind.
— Phillip Kline (@PhillDKline) September 8, 2021
A UN-listed terrorist who oversaw the demolition of the monumental Bamiyan Buddhas will head Taliban's non-inclusive regime. With Sirajuddin Haqqani as interior minister, the notorious Haqqani Network will be in charge of internal security. And we were told Taliban have changed!
— Brahma Chellaney (@Chellaney) September 7, 2021
The Taliban government will feature leaders from the Haqqani Network-for a long time, the US's chief foe in Afghanistan-and also those previously held at Guantanamo.
It's almost like one of the Taliban's chief goals in putting together this government was simply to troll the US.
— Michael Kugelman (@MichaelKugelman) September 8, 2021
By placing terrorist Haqqani Network members in such prominent positions, the new military regime in Kabul shows its true colours.
Pakistan’s ISI is calling the shots.#SanctionPakistan
— Chris Alexander (@calxandr) September 2, 2021
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