Taliban Supreme Leader Akhundzada Makes First Public Appearance In Afghanistan

Taliban Supreme Leader Akhundzada Makes First Public Appearance In Afghanistan

Andrew H. Sweet

Akhundzada, known as the leader of the faithful or Amir ul Momineen, had not been seen in public even after the Taliban’s August takeover of the country, giving rise to speculation.

As the Islamist movement unveiled its interim government in September after U.S.-led forces withdrew, mysterious Akhundzada retained the role he has held since 2016 of the supreme leader, the ultimate authority over the group’s political, religious, and military affairs.

The only photo Reuters has been able to verify of him was an undated image posted on a Taliban Twitter feed in May 2016. This shadowy existence has led to constant speculation about his whereabouts and health.

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