Taliban appoint 44 new members to key local positions

Posted on November 08, 2021, 6:00 am
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KABUL: The Taliban appointed 44 members to key local leadership roles, including provincial governors and police chiefs, as they seek to fortify the new regime against security threats and economic problems. 

According to the details, the appointments mark the first large-scale round of leadership selections the group has made since it formed a Cabinet in September.

According to Reuters, the members taking on new roles included Qari Baryal, who will serve as governor of Kabul, and Wali Jan Hamza, who will be Kabul’s police chief.

Filling the leadership roles comes as the Taliban struggle to quell security threats and achieve economic stability.

The former head of Kabul’s military corps, Mawlawi Hamdullah Mukhlis, was killed last week in an attack on the biggest military hospital in Afghanistan.

That attack, which included gunfire and two heavy explosions, left at least 25 people dead and more than 50 others injured.

The country has seen an increase in suicide bombings from the Islamic State Khorasan (ISIS-K), a group that operates in Afghanistan.

Afghanistan’s economy also has been in crisis since the Taliban took over the country in August. Last week, the Taliban banned the use of foreign currency in Afghanistan.

The Taliban also renamed all eight military corps of Afghanistan, and appointed key provincial governors in a bid to expedite governance efforts in the war-torn country.

According to a decree by Yaqoob Mujahid, the acting defense minister, the Special Operations Corps in Kabul has been renamed as the Central Corps, while the 209th Shaheen Corps will now be called Al-Fatah.

Similarly, the 217th Pamir Corps in Kunduz has been renamed as Omari Corps, the 205th Atal Corps in Kandahar as Al-Badr and 215th Maiwand in Helmand as Azm.

Yaqoob, who is the son of Mullah Omar, the late founding leader of the Taliban, also changed the name of 201st Sailab Corps to Khalid Ibn Waleed, the 203rd Thunder Corps in Paktia to Mansouri and the 207th Zafar Corps in Herat to Al-Farooq.

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