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Afghanistan war: Who’s who in the Taliban leadership

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Afghanistan Taliban leadership

Mullah Muhammad Omar: The Afghan Taliban’s supreme leader, widely known as the “one-eyed mullah.” He is the Afghan Taliban’s supreme leader, believed to be hiding in Pakistan.

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar (captured): The Afghan Taliban's No. 2, and its day-to-day operational leader. Mullah Baradar was very close to Mullah Omar, and reportedly the only Quetta Shura member who had regular access to him.

Muhammad Hassan Rahmani: One of the most powerful Taliban leaders, thought to be close to Mullah Omar. He held the important role of governor of Kandahar during the Taliban government.

Mullah Abdul Qayoum Zakir (captured): Head of the Taliban's military operations in southern Afghanistan, charged with stopping the US troop surge. In 2001, he was captured and was held in Quantánamo Bay, Cuba, detention facilities until 2007. Then, he was transferred to an Afghan prison. In 2008, he was freed by the Afghan government. He is also identified as Abdullah Ghulam Rasoul.

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