Arrived two days ago The second man in the Taliban To Kandahar, which was considered the capital of the militant movement when it held power in Afghanistan between 1996 and 2001.
However, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar moved on Saturday, the first time a senior Taliban leader has publicly returned to the capital since it was ousted by a US-led coalition in the wake of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
Who is Abdul Ghani Barader?
He was born in Uruzgan Province, southern Afghanistan, but grew up in Kandahar.
He is considered one of the founders of the Taliban with Mullah Omar, who died in 2013, but did not announce it for two years.
As with many Afghans, his life was marked by the Soviet invasion of 1979, which made him take up arms and lean toward the militant movement.
It is believed that he fought alongside Mullah Omar.
Abdel-Ghani Barader (archive – AFP)
After the American intervention and the fall of the Taliban regime in 2001, he said that he was among a small group of insurgents willing to reach an agreement recognizing the Kabul administration, but this initiative failed at that time.
It is also noteworthy that he was the military commander of the Taliban when he was arrested in 2010 in Karachi, Pakistan. To be released later in 2018, under pressure from Washington.
The movement’s factions are respected
Barader is respected by the various Taliban factions who listen to him, and was later appointed head of its political office in Qatar.
He led negotiations with the Americans that led to the withdrawal of foreign forces from Afghanistan, and then peace talks with the Afghan government that did not come to fruition.
Prader (archive – AFP)
His return to the country came, after the Taliban seized power last Sunday, following a large-scale offensive launched in May as the withdrawal of foreign forces from the country began.
He landed in Kandahar in southern Afghanistan, the city that was the center of Taliban rule between 1996 and 2001, in the province of the same name and was the cradle of the movement in the early nineties.
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