Taliban’s FBI-wanted jihadi leads lavish PARTY for suicide bombers

Ex army chief warns jihadists 'inspired' after Taliban takeover

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The new leaders of Afghanistan also reportedly bestowed the equivalent of £90 on each of their families – and assured they would receive plots of land to build on. The event was hosted by Taliban interior minister Sirajuddin Haqqani, notorious for being on the FBI’s most-wanted list with a $10million bounty hanging over his head.

The party, staged at Kabul’s Intercontinental Hotel, was organised just before Russia, China and Pakistan committed to sending financial aid to the Taliban.

On Wednesday, Russian officials told reporters Russia would not officially recognise the Taliban regime, but that aid was sorely needed to prop up Afghanistan’s crumbling economy.

Russia is wary of the potential for extremism to spread through countries which link Afghanistan to Russia, according to the Guardian.

Haqqani – blurred in photographs of the ceremony in Kabul – is infamous for spearheading the hardline Haqqani network, a militant Islamist organisation which Haqqani’s father established decades ago.

The group claimed responsibility for some of the deadliest and most high-profile attacks over the course of the war in Afghanistan.

They targeted civilians with suicide bombings, as well as executing numerous international workers within the country.

The Haqqani network even attributed responsibility for at least one attack on the Intercontinental Hotel, where this ceremony took place, according to the Telegraph.

At the ceremony in Kabul, Haqqani addressed families to urge against “betraying the hopes of our martyrs.”

He said the Taliban’s “Islamic emirate” was a “product of the blood of [these] martyrs.”

Haqqani is seen as a prominent leader of the more extreme members of the Taliban in their newly-formed government, in power since their forces captured Kabul on August 15.

It has been reported that discontent is steadily growing within the Taliban ranks, tracing back to an alleged split between those loyal to deputy prime minister, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and Sirajuddin Haqqani.

Baradar was responsible for conducting peace talks with the US, and is seen as a more moderate influence in the new government.

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Dr Afzal Ashraf, teacher of international relations, politics, and history at Loughborough University, told Express.co.uk that how different factions of the Taliban leadership contend with one another will determine the stability of the new regime.

Dr Ashraf said that controlling warring ideologies will determine if the Taliban “are able to deliver effective governance.”

“The problem they have of course is that they don’t have any significant experience or talent to deliver it,” he said.

Dr Ashraf added: “The most experienced people have left the country, so there has been a brain drain which is going to damage an already fragile, and, if you like, embryonic, government.

“So I think that is going to be a major determinant.

“If the Taliban fail to govern effectively, it causes a huge amount of internal disruption and problems, and makes their position precarious.”

Dr Ashraf also stressed that swathes of Afghans had been leaving Afghanistan for years before the Taliban takeover, and that the Taliban’s response to an impending humanitarian disaster could spell trouble for the regime.

The United Nations, addressing this humanitarian crisis, has estimated that 95 percent of Afghans do not have enough food to eat, with half of Afghan households running out of food in September.

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