Townsville Bulletin

Taliban = terrorists, killers, rapists


The Taliban’s new hardline government is packed with killers, abusers and terrorists with links to the devastatin­g September 11 attacks on the US.

The Islamist regime had promised an inclusive government that would reflect the ethnic makeup of the country, but all the top positions have been filled with leaders of the Taliban and its Haqqani terror network.

Shortly after the new line-up was revealed, Hibatullah Akhundzada, the secretive supreme leader of the Taliban who has never been seen in public, released a statement saying the new government would “work hard towards upholding Islamic rules and sharia law”.

Mullah Yaqoob, the son of the Taliban founder and late supreme leader Mullah Omar, was named defence minister, while the position of interior minister was given to Sirajuddin Haqqani, the leader of the Haqqani network.

“It’s not at all inclusive, and that’s no surprise whatsoever,” said Michael Kugelman, a South Asia expert.

Haqqani is considered a “specially designated global terrorist”.

He is believed to have co-ordinated and personally taken part in deadly attacks on US and coalition forces in Afghanista­n.

He will work alongside acting deputy PM Mullah Baradar, who is behind the taking of young girls as sex slaves and beheadings.

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