Taliban’s new interior minister is a terrorist on FBI’s most-wanted list; reports he has American hostage

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.”

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:

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