The mastermind behind Osama bin Laden’s escape from the US bombing of Tora Bora is back in charge of the Taliban
The leader of Osama bin Laden’s former Black Guard and the mastermind behind his escape from the 2001 US bombing of Tora Bora, is now back in charge of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
“Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, son of Younus Khalis, has returned with hundreds of vehicles and thousands of supporters to his family’s seat of power and a heroic welcome in Jalalabad,” a senior Afghan intelligence official who was recently denounced against the Daily Beast.
The official claims that Mujahid’s command is joined by others who helped al-Qaeda in 2001.
Everyone who worked closely with al-Qaeda in 2001 is back in his entourage, who arrived by plane from Doha to help establish the new government in Kabul and then traveled overland from Kabul to Jalalabad for the past week. He now commands both Taliban and foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan, including a Chechen contingent.”
Filippo Rossi, a journalist on the ground in Afghanistan, and a senior UN political official also confirmed Mujahid’s return as military commander.
Anwar ul Haq Mujahid (pictured), the leader of Osama bin Laden’s former Black Guard, is now back in charge of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.
Sources say Mujahid holds courts daily in a lobby as hundreds of Taliban fighters and villagers gather to “listen to his wisdom and advice on the implementation of Sharia law.”
He is accompanied by Amin ul Haq, another former Black Guard member, who also recently returned to Jalalabad.
The two leaders – who arrived in Jalalabad a week apart – both have commandos with hundreds of fighters and have already exercised their authority.
As quoted by the news channel, Afghans fleeing Kabul and attempting to take refuge in Pakistan faced “severe harassment and intimidation by soldiers commanded by both men” while trying to pass through Jalalabad.
“They’re cheeky,” Rossi said of both men.
Meanwhile, the Taliban continue to deny their alliance with Al Qaeda, although reports revealed before the US military’s withdrawal from the country revealed that the two groups were “closely aligned.”
Mujahid, along with Amin ul Haq, leads a commando of hundreds of Taliban fighters. He holds a court daily to allow Taliban fighters and villagers to gather to “listen to his wisdom and advice on the implementation of Sharia law” (Pictured: Taliban fighters patrol a market in Kabul on Tuesday, September 14, 2021)
The Taliban continue to deny their alliance with Al Qaeda, although reports show the two groups are “closely aligned.” Al Qaeda congratulated the Taliban on taking over Afghanistan in August. The two groups are also accused of strengthening their military and financial ties through marriage (Photo: Taliban fighters in Kabul on Sept. 11)
“Al Qaeda remains in Afghanistan and closely linked to the Taliban: these are facts documented by the UN and others,” former US ambassador to Afghanistan Ronald Neumann told the news channel.
“Al-Qaeda branches as far as North Africa celebrate the Taliban victory in Afghanistan.”
The groups are also accused of strengthening their military and financial ties through marriage.
In addition, al-Qaeda reportedly congratulated the Taliban on their “August victory.”
Despite assurances from US leaders, many fear the Taliban’s resurgence that officials will not be able to help the Afghan public.
“The international donor community is taking a huge risk assuming that the Taliban will distribute aid in a neutral, needs-based manner,” said Jonathan Terra, a former foreign ministry official in Afghanistan and NATO conflict analyst.
Mujahid is recognized as masterminding Osama bin Laden’s retreat (pictured) from Jalalabad to Tora Bora in November 2001. He was aided by ul Haq who helped bin Laden get to a safe haven in Pakistan where he spent ten years. long hid.
Ul Haq was also responsible for laying the groundwork for the battle of Tora Bora (pictured)
“It is a ruthless, selfish, mainly ethnic Pashtun Pakistani proxy government whose leaders were only able to seize power through financial support, refuge and the support of the Pakistani armed forces.”
There is also concern that, with Mujahid and ul Haq back in power, further needs of the Afghan public will not be met.
According to an investigation by the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations in 2009, Mujahid is recognized as the mastermind behind Osama bin Laden’s retreat from Jalalabad to Tora Bora in November 2001.
Ul Haq was responsible for laying the groundwork for the battle of Tora Bora and is credited with helping bin Laden get to a safe haven in Pakistan where he hid for ten years.
The two leaders are also credited with laying the necessary “proverbial golden eggs” that eventually led bin Laden and his followers to carry out the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Centers.