Taliban Emir Haibatullah Akhundzada arrives in Kandahar

Posted on August 29, 2021, 12:18 pm
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KANDAHAR: Taliban Emir Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada has arrived in Kandahar.

According to sources, Haibatullah is in Kandahar, holding a series of meeting with Taliban leaders.

Haibatullah Akhundzada was appointed chief of the Taliban in May 2016 after former Taliban leader Akhtar Mansour was killed in a US drone strike.

At that time, in a video message shared by the Taliban, it was announced to make Haibatullah Akhundzada the head of the organization. 

According to media reports, 50-year-old Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban chief, is known as a religious legal scholar rather than a soldier. He is credited with issuing extreme interpretations of Islam by the terror group.

Earlier, President Joe Biden has warned that another attack on Kabul Airport is highly likely with senior US military commanders informing the President that the attack could occur as early as today (Sunday).

The US State Department has asked all American citizens to evacuate the area near Kabul’s Hamid Karzai International Airport due to a “specific, credible threat”.

On Thursday, a bomb attack in Kabul Airport resulted in the loss of 170 lives, including at least 12 US troops and 2 British nationals. The responsibility for the bombing was taken by the Islamic State.

Yesterday, the US conducted a drone strike in Nangahar killing at least 2 Islamic State Khorasan Province (ISKP) planners.

The UK has moved all troops, officials and diplomats outside Afghanistan but the US is still continuing evacuations.

“This strike was not the last. We will continue to hunt down any person involved in that heinous attack and make them pay,” Joe Biden said after the drone strike.

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