Taliban caretaker government: Ex-Guantanamo detainees and one of FBI’s most wanted men appointed

No women or members from Afghanistan’s ousted leadership were selected for acting cabinet positions or named to advisory roles, in spite of the Taliban’s promises of an inclusive government and more moderate form of Islamic rule than when it was last in power, from 1996 to 2001.

The Taliban named Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a close aide of the Taliban’s late founder Mohammad Omar, as acting prime minister and Abdul Ghani Baradar, one of the group’s co-founders, was appointed his deputy. Mohammed Yaqoob, a son of Omar, was appointed acting defense minister.

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Afghanistan: Mullah Baradar promises ‘inclusive’ government | Taliban News

Speaking to Al Jazeera, Taliban leader stresses security is necessary to overcoming challenges facing the country.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the head of the Taliban’s political office, has told Al Jazeera the group is in the process of forming an inclusive government following its lightning takeover of the country last month.

“I assure the people that we strive to improve their living conditions, and that the government will be responsible to everyone and will provide security because it is necessary for economic development, not just in Afghanistan but in the whole world,” he said in the capital, Kabul.

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The Taliban, the Afghan state and the rule of law | Taliban

The Taliban took over Afghanistan with great ease that few expected. Now that all foreign troops have withdrawn, the group faces the more difficult task of governing the country. Will it be able to cope?

The heartbreaking images of Afghans dying as they tried to catch a flight out of the country, as well as a general sense of anxiety and fear that many Afghans who remain in the country express to friends and the media, suggest that there are serious doubts about the Taliban’s ability to govern.

The Taliban leadership, on other hand, have been expressing confidence they are

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Dem Rep Garamendi spins Taliban takeover, says seized US weaponry was ‘property of the Afghan government’

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Calif., attempted to spin reports of Taliban militants showing off their newly acquired U.S. weaponry, arguing that the equipment was actually “property of the Afghan government” when it was seized during the Taliban’s takeover of the country.

“Almost all of the American military equipment was removed from Afghanistan prior to

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Taliban planning ‘inclusive caretaker gov’t’ in Afghanistan | Taliban News

Taliban sources tell Al Jazeera the government will include leaders from all ethnicities and tribal backgrounds.

The Taliban says it is planning an inclusive caretaker government in Afghanistan after the group toppled the Western-backed administration in a stunning sweep earlier this month.

Taliban sources told Al Jazeera that the caretaker government will include leaders from all ethnicities and tribal backgrounds in the country.

Nearly a dozen names are being considered to be part of the new government, sources said.

The duration of the caretaker government is unclear at the moment.

Afghanistan’s ethnic diversity has been at the centre of

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U.S. in final phase of Kabul evacuations, Taliban prepares government

  • Civilian evacuations to end on Sunday – official
  • Biden heads to receive bodies of U.S. troops killed in Kabul
  • Drone strike in province on Pakistan border
  • About 114,400 people evacuated, White House says

Aug 29 (Reuters) – U.S. forces were in the final phase of pulling out of Kabul, ending two decades of costly involvement in Afghanistan, as the country’s new Taliban rulers prepared to take control of the airport.

Just over 1,000 civilians remained at the airport on Sunday to be flown out before the troops finally leave, a Western security official told Reuters.

“We want to ensure that

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