A female Afghan warlord who fought against the Taliban in recent years formally joined the jihadi terror group on October 15, a regional Afghan official confirmed.
“Commander Kaftar, along with a number of her armed followers, has joined the Taliban,” Fazal Din Muradi, governor of Nahrain, a rural district in northern Baghlan province, told Radio Free Afghanistan on October 16.
“The Taliban began attacking the Sajano area in Nahrain a few days ago and captured a few villages there,” Muradi added.
Muradi confirmed an earlier statement issued by the Taliban on October 15 claiming that Commander Kaftar had switched loyalties and joined their ranks.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid wrote on Twitter that the Taliban’s Preaching and Guidance Commission officials welcomed Kaftar and her supporters to the Taliban.
“Female commander (Kaftar) mislead by enemy & forced to apparently stand against IEA [Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, the Taliban’s formal name for itself] Mujahidin