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Taliban appoint ex-Guantanamo detainee as acting defense minister

The Taliban have appointed a former Guantanamo detainee as performing protection minister next the Islamic fundamentalist group’s takeover of Afghanistan, in accordance to a new report. 

Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir has been selected to suppose the job, the Qatari-dependent Al Jazeera information channel described Tuesday, citing a resource in the Islamist movement.

Zakir, also regarded as Abdullah Gulam Rasoul, was captured by US forces following 9/11 and incarcerated at the detention heart in Cuba.

He was transferred again to Afghanistan in 2007 and shortly released.

Pursuing his launch, Zakir grew to become the Taliban’s functions commander in southern Afghanistan. He was blamed for masterminding a surge in roadside assaults towards American troops and arranging assaults on US aircraft in Afghanistan.

Taliban fighters take manage of the Afghan presidential palace after President Ashraf Ghani fled the state.
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Meanwhile, countless numbers of relieved Afghans are continuing to arrive in the United States as the US accelerates initiatives to evacuate those stranded in Kabul right after the Taliban demanded all international troops be out of the region by Aug. 31.

Immediately after arriving in Virginia, the evacuees are transported to the Dulles Expo Center, where by they are housed in advance of staying sent on to various US armed forces facilities.

About 4,000 Individuals have been evacuated from Afghanistan since the US-backed government’s slide previous 7 days. US estimates place the variety of citizens in the state at all around 8,000 to 15,000.

Pursuing his launch from Cuba, Mullah Abdul Qayyum Zakir became the Taliban’s functions commander in southern Afghanistan.
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With Post wires

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