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2052, 07 Sep 21

Taliban Appoints Taliban Government

Anybody who expected anything different was kidding themselves.

(CNN)The Taliban on Tuesday announced the formation of a hardline interim government for Afghanistan, filling top posts with veterans of the militant group who oversaw the 20-year fight against the US-led military coalition.

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.
The lineup of senior positions, which includes former Guantanamo inmates, members of a US-designated terror group and subjects of an international sanctions lists, presents the first snapshot of how the Taliban’s leadership of Afghanistan will begin to take shape.
Like many in the Taliban’s incoming cabinet, interim Prime Minister Mohammad Hassan Akhund is under United Nations sanctions. A long-time Taliban member, he has been leader of the group’s Shura, or Leadership Council, for about two decades.
Some analysts had originally tipped Abdul Ghani Baradar for the top role. Baradar served in the Taliban’s political bureau in Doha, Qatar, and led the Taliban’s peace talks with the US. He recently arrived back in Afghanistan after a 20-year-exile and reportedly met with CIA chief William J. Burns.
Two senior members of the Haqqani network, a US-designated terror group aligned with the Taliban and al Qaeda, will also be in the interim government. Both have been sanctioned by the UN and the US.

2052, 07 September 2021


  1. Merlin

    Relax. It’s all part of China Joe’s Build Back Better plan. Tornados aren’t called tornados anymore… and terrorists aren’t called terrorists. Get with the program, son.

  2. dad29

    Next *Big Shock* will happen when Taliban announces that it’s very tight with ISIS-K, ISIS, the Muzzie Brotherhood, and Al-Quaeda.

    Blinken will pull his very own Baghdad Bob and tell us that the Taliban is just making it up; that State knows, with Biblical certainty, that Taliban has nothing to do with those Bad People.

  3. Merlin

    The DC Capitol fear fence (you know, the one topped with razor wire) is going up again, supposedly In preparation for the upcoming rally in support of the jailed 1/6 protesters. Our dear leaders embrace terrorists abroad and yet fear their own citizens at home. Something’s not quite right here, eh?

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