1) Now That's Moderate! The Taliban's Ministry of Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is back in business, with its moderate punishments of stoning for the crime of “illegal intercourse,” chopping off the hands of thieves, etc.
2) Sheikh Mohammad Khalid is the current Minister for Propagation of Virtue and Prevention of Vice is a Taliban. He reports to Maulvi Abdul Hakim Sharia, the Minister of Justice.
3) Maulvi Abdul Hakim Sharia was the "shadow" Minister of Justice before the Taliban took control of Afghanistan and is close to the Taliban's emir, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. He also was a negotiator at Doha.
4) Maulvi Abdul Hakim Sharia is also an alumni of Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, Pakistan, AKA the "University of Jihad."
5) If you are asking yourself, "Bill, is Darul Uloom Haqqania the University of Jihad, or is it Pakistan?", the answer is yes.

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16 Sep
1) @US4AfghanPeace Zalmay Khalilzad’s explanation of what happened in the final days of the fall of Kabul is a jumbled mess. He is spinning to make himself look good but it fails. If you take his narrative at face value, he essentially green lighted the Taliban to enter the city.
2) @thomasjoseclyn notes that the idea that the Taliban was going to negotiate after it surrounded Kabul is absurd. He is of course right. foreignpolicy.com/2021/09/15/zal…
3) @husainhaqqani also nails it. Negotiations at this point were gaslighting. Zal was a fool if he believed there was anything left to negotiate.
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1) The breathless so-called “reporting & analysis” on this issue is laughable. Baradar shows up on TV, denies the infighting & now @Charles_Lister is “unconvinced” that there wasn’t a fight after first tweeting Baradar was missing. Stick with Syria, quit sensationalizing rumors.
@Charles_Lister 2) I say this for a reason. These type of of rumors are more than common, and nearly always turn out to be wrong. I've studied the Afghan & Pakistani Taliban for years, and can recall numerous instances of bogus reports of infighting.
@Charles_Lister 3) Here's one, from 2015, when rumors were floated that Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, then the Taliban's emir (later killed by the US in a drone strike in Pakistan), was killed during a meeting with his commanders. Mansour obviously denied it. longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/…
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15 Sep
1) Mullah Sangeen Zadran epitomized the Taliban-Al Qaeda relationship. Called Al Qaeda his "brothers". Designated by US for ties to Al Qaeda. A Haqqani Network leader, the Taliban's shadow governor & military leader of Paktika up until the U.S. killed him in 2013.
2) In 2009, Sangeen openly admitted that the bond between the “brothers” of Al Qaeda and the Taliban were unbreakable. In a As Sahab interview, Sangeen said: “We do not see any difference between Taliban and Al Qaeda,” and the two groups “are all one and are united by Islam.”
Sangeen in 2009: "Sheikh Usama [bin Laden] has pledged allegiance to Amir Al-Mumineen [Leader of the Faithful Mulla Muhammad Umar] and has reassured his leadership again and again. There is no difference between us, for we are united by Islam and the Sharia governs us."
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1) The Darul Uloom Haqqania in Akora Khattak, Pakistan is the gift that keeps on giving - to the jihad. Note that the Taliban's Minister of Justice, Maulvi Abdul Hakim Sharia, & the Minister of Hajj/Religious Affairs, Maulvi Noor Mohammad Saqib, attended.
2) Other notable alumni who attended the Darul Uloom Haqqania: Sirajuddin Haqqani, the Taliban's Interior Minister and arguably the group's most powerful leader. His father, who sponsored Osama bin Laden also attended the University of Jihad.
3) While Mullah Omar did not attend, he was granted an honorary degree. Darul Uloom Haqqania recognizes jihadi talent when it sees it, and rewards.
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1) Here are Afghanistan’s architects of failure: “No longer in uniform, Gens. Stanley McChrystal, David Petraeus, Joseph Dunford, John Allen, David McKiernan, Dan McNeill, and Lt. Gens. Eikenberry and David Barno, speak frankly.”
2) Now that they are out of uniform and Afghanistan is lost, they’ll “speak frankly.” These are the generals who repeatedly boosted the Afghan military while telling, dare I say lying to us, that we’ve “turned the corner.”
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For 11 years, senior US officials have made a version this absurd claim. Al Qaeda never left, and remains embedded with the Taliban.
Look at the list of the "new" Taliban leadership. It is the old crew. Many have deep, longstanding ties to Al Qaeda. This relationship, which was re-forged in 20 years of war against the U.S., is stronger than ever.
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