Taliban Puts Al Qaeda Linked Group Holding US Hostage in Charge of Kabul Security
Every time you think that Biden has screwed up as badly as possible in Afghanistan, the situation somehow manages to get worse.
The Taliban has placed security for the Afghan capital, Kabul, in the hands of senior members of the Haqqani Network, which has close ties with foreign jihadist groups including a long-standing association with al-Qaida.
Western intelligence officials say the assignment is alarming and undercuts Taliban promises to tread a more moderate path than the movement did when it ruled the country from 1996 to 2001.
The Haqqani Network was responsible for much of the Al Qaeda attacks on US forces in Afghanistan. They're holding a Navy vet hostage.
The 'Network' is essentially the intersection between Al Qaeda and the Taliban. It operates like Al Qaeda locally and has functioned as a component of the Taliban power structure.
So the Taliban giving it a role is not surprising. What is more surprising is the reported scope of the role.
On Thursday, Abdullah Abdullah, chairman of Afghanistan’s National Reconciliation Council, a body of notables and elders involved in the Qatar talks, met with Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani and his entourage in Kabul. Abdullah later indicated publicly that Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani would be overseeing security in the Afghan capital and had provided assurances that he would “work hard to provide the right security for the citizens of Kabul.”
Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani is a sanctioned terrorist.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury designated Khalil al-Rahman Haqqani a global terrorist in February 2011, offering a $5 million reward for information leading to his capture. He’s also included on the United Nations terrorist list.
The Haqqani family comes from southeastern Afghanistan, near the border with Pakistan. The network has been accused — or claimed responsibility — for some of the deadliest attacks in Afghanistan, including the 2008 assault on the five-star Serena Hotel in Kabul, the 2012 attack involving a dozen Haqqani fighters wearing suicide vests on a U.S. base in Khost, and the 2017 truck bombing near the German Embassy in Kabul that left 96 people dead.
So we've got Islamic terrorists, the straightforward kind, in charge of Kabul security. So much for the new "moderate" Taliban, which are back to playing the same old game in which they outsource the terrorism and then pretend that they don't know anything about it.
The Taliban coming back means Al Qaeda's also coming back. And the party is just getting started.
Khalil Haqqani, one of America's most wanted terrorists, has led prayers for Taliban fighters in Kabul where he was greeted by adoring fans.
The Taliban fundraiser, who also has links to Al Qaeda, has a $5million bounty on his head but was cheered on the streets of Kabul before he led prayers at the city's biggest mosque.
After a sermon by the imam, Haqqani told the crowd, according to The New York Times: 'Our first priority for Afghanistan is security.
Meanwhile, Biden refuses to rescue Americans trapped in Kabul.