The leader of Osama bin Laden’s former black guard and mastermind behind his escape from the 2001 US bombing of Tora Bora is now back in charge of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
“Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the son of Younus Khalis, returned with hundreds of vehicles and thousands of supporters to his family’s seat of power and received a heroic welcome in Jalalabad,” a senior official told the Daily Beast. Afghan intelligence which was recently deposed. .
The official says Mujahid’s command is joined by others who aided al-Qaeda in 2001.
“Everyone who worked closely with al-Qaeda in 2001 is back in his entourage, who flew in from Doha to help establish the new government in Kabul, then traveled by land last week from Kabul in Jalalabad. He is now the head of Taliban and foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan, including a Chechen contingent.
Filippo Rossi, journalist on the ground in Afghanistan, and a senior UN politician also confirmed Mujahid’s return as military commander.
Anwar ul Haq Mujahid (photo), the leader of the former black guard of Osama bin Laden, is now back in charge of the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Sources say Mujahid holds court daily in a reception hall as hundreds of Taliban fighters and villagers gather to “listen to his wisdom and advice on implementing Sharia law.”
He is joined in the leadership by Amin ul Haq, another former member of the Black Guard, who also recently returned to Jalalabad.
The two leaders – who arrived in Jalalabad a week apart – both have commands involving hundreds of fighters and have already exercised their authority.
As quoted by the media outlet, Afghans fleeing Kabul and attempting to take refuge in Pakistan faced “severe harassment and intimidation from soldiers under the command of the two men” as they attempted to cross Jalalabad.
“They are brutal,” Rossi said, describing the two men.
Meanwhile, the Taliban continue to deny their alliance with al Qaeda, although reports revealed before the US military pulled out of the country revealed that the two groups were “closely aligned.”
Mujahid, along with Amin ul Haq, heads a command with hundreds of Taliban fighters. He holds a daily court allowing Taliban fighters and villagers to gather to “listen to his wisdom and advice on implementing Sharia law” (Photo: Taliban fighters patrol a market in Kabul on Tuesday, September 14, 2021)
The Taliban continue to deny their alliance with al-Qaeda, although reports have revealed that the two groups are “closely aligned”. Al Qaeda sent a congratulatory message to the Taliban after they took control of Afghanistan in August. The two groups are also accused of strengthening their military and financial ties through marriage (Photo: Taliban fighters in Kabul on September 11)
“Al-Qaeda remains in Afghanistan and is closely associated with the Taliban: these are facts documented by the UN and others,” former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann told the media.
“Branches of Al Qaeda as far away as North Africa are celebrating the Taliban victory in Afghanistan.
The groups are also accused of strengthen their military and financial ties through marriage.
In addition, al-Qaeda reportedly sent a congratulatory message to the Taliban for their “August victory.”
Despite assurances from US leaders, the resurgence of the Taliban has raised concerns among many that the authorities may not be able to provide aid to the Afghan public.
“The international donor community is taking a huge risk in assuming that the Taliban will distribute aid neutrally and as needed,” said Jonathan Terra, former head of the State Department in Afghanistan and conflict analyst for the United States. NATO.
Mujahid is credited with being the mastermind behind Osama bin Laden’s (pictured) retreat from Jalalabad to Tora Bora in November 2001. He was aided by ul Haq who helped bin Laden get to a safe haven in Pakistan where he s ‘is hidden for a decade.
Ul Haq was also responsible for laying the groundwork for the Battle of Tora Bora (pictured)
“This is a brutal, self-serving, predominantly ethnic Pakistani Pashtun proxy government whose rulers have only been able to seize power with financial backing, sanctuary and the support of the Pakistani armed forces.”
There are also fears that with the return to power of Mujahid and ul Haq, even more of the Afghan public’s needs will not be met.
Mujahid is credited with being the mastermind behind Osama bin Laden’s retreat from Jalalabad to Tora Bora in November 2001, according to a 2009 investigation by the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
Ul Haq was responsible for laying the groundwork for the Battle of Tora Bora and is credited with helping Bin Laden reach a safe haven in Pakistan where he hid for a decade.
The two leaders are also accused of having laid the necessary “proverbial golden eggs” which ultimately led Bin Laden and his supporters to carry out the September 11 attacks on the World Trade Centers.