A new report from the Foundation for Defending Democracies (FDD) Long War Journal highlighted approximately two dozen terrorists and extremist-linked individuals that are now in senior positions in the Taliban’s government.
The report comes as the Biden administration has continued to face intense backlash over its debacle in Afghanistan, which culminated in 13 U.S. troops being killed in a suicide bombing and hundreds of Americans being abandoned in a nation now effectively controlled by terrorists.
Nine of the top individuals highlighted by the Long War Journal’s report include:
Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada is the current “Emir of the Faithful,” or top leader of the Taliban. He has served as the Taliban’s emir since 2016. At some point during the jihad against the Soviets, Akhundzada reportedly fought within the ranks of the Hezb-e-Islami group led by the mujahideen commander Yunus Khalis. After the Taliban took over most of Afghanistan, ruling from 1996 to 2001, Akhundzada was a religious scholar, judge and head of the