The Taliban on Tuesday named its first government since taking over Afghanistan three weeks ago, led by old faces prominent in the 20-year fight against the US.
Members of the previous administration, women and Afghanistan’s complex ethnic groups are absent from the list, despite international calls for an inclusive government.
Hassan Akhund, leader of the Taliban in the years before their expulsion in the 2001 US invasion, will serve as interim prime minister. Abdul Ghani Baradar, lead negotiator in talks with the US, will be his deputy, alongside Abdul Salam Hanafi.
The group’s interior ministry will be led by Sirajuddin Haqqani, who is the chief of the semi-autonomous Haqqani network and is on the US sanctions list. He also appears on the FBI’s Most Wanted list, with a $5 million reward for his capture.
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