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Osama Bin Laden's former Black Guard leader back in Afghanistan as in-charge of Taliban fighters Osama Bin Laden
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Osama Bin Laden's former Black Guard leader back in Afghanistan as in-charge of Taliban fighters

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 22 Sep 2021, 01:01 am

Kabul:  Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, who was the leader of Osama bin Laden's former Black Guard and mastermind behind his escape from the U.S. bombing at Tora Bora in 2001, is currently in charge of the Taliban fighters in Afghanistan, media reports said.

“Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the son of Younus Khalis, has returned with hundreds of vehicles and thousands of supporters to his family’s seat of power and to a heroic welcome in Jalalabad,” said a recently deposed senior Afghan intelligence official to Daily Beast.

“Everyone who worked closely with al Qaeda in 2001 is back in his entourage, which arrived by air from Doha to help establish the new government in Kabul and then travelled overland this past week from Kabul to Jalalabad. He is now in charge of both Taliban and foreign fighters in Eastern Afghanistan, including a Chechen contingent," the official said.

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A senior U.N. political official and a Swiss-Italian journalist, who was on the ground in the province, confirmed to Daily Beast about the return of Anwar to Jalalabad last Friday as well as his role as a military commander.

According to sources, the revered leader of the “Tora Bora Front” was seen daily holding court in his clan’s sprawling reception hall on plush Afghan carpets as hundreds of fighters and villagers streamed to his home to listen to his wisdom and advice on the implementation of Sharia law, reports Daily Beast.