Hibatullah Akhundzada Biography – Wiki
Hibatullah Akhundzada is a supreme leader of the Taliban. As Afghanistan reels under a reign of terror with Taliban forces taking control of almost every major city except Kabul, the United States struggles to evacuate more than 10,000 American citizens from the capital. Defense officials are reportedly trying to strike a deal with the terrorist organization amid the national chaos. Meanwhile, the Taliban have threatened to unleash extremist forces unless the United States reduces airstrikes.
Meanwhile, President Joe Biden has stated that any action by the Taliban that endangers the lives of Americans “will be met with a swift and strong US military response.” On August 14, Biden announced that 5,000 additional US troops will be deployed to facilitate the evacuation of Americans from warring territories, in addition to the 4,000 previously deployed members. On the other hand, Taliban leader Hibatullah Akhundzada has yet to make any formal statement about US troops and citizens in the terror-ravaged country. Just a month ago, the extremist leader had expressed his wishes for a “political solution” to the conflict in the country “despite military advances and achievements.”
Hibatullah Akhundzada Supreme Taliban, which has unofficially renamed Afghanistan the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, further stated: “The Islamic Emirate will seize every opportunity for the establishment of an Islamic system, peace and security that arises. We fully guarantee to neighboring countries, regional and global that Afghanistan will not allow anyone to pose a threat to the security of any other country that uses our soil. ”
When the Taliban captured Kabul in 1996, Akhundzada was appointed to the Department for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice. Soon after, he was tasked with training more than 100,000 students at the Jihadist Madrasa. He later became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Sharia Courts, which issued most of the Taliban’s extremist fatwas (legal policies) on civil society. After the 2001 US invasion, he is believed to have gone unnoticed in Afghanistan itself, before being promoted to vice president in 2015.
Hibatullah Akhundzada is 60-years-old.
1. Family & Siblings
Born in 1961 in Panjwayi province, Akhundzada is a Pashtun belonging to the Noorzai tribes. His father was a religious scholar who also served as Imam (priest) in the village mosque. Akhundzada grew up learning religious scriptures from his father. During the Soviet invasion, his family emigrated to Quetta in Pakistan, where Akhundzada continued his education.
2. Supreme Commander
Akhundzada was appointed ‘Supreme Commander of the extremist group on May 25, 2016, following the death of his predecessor Akhtar Mohammad Mansour in a US drone strike. He has been serving as an active member of the Taliban since 1996 after pledging allegiance to the group.
3. Survived an Alleged Assassination Attempt While his Son was Killed
According to unconfirmed sources, Mawlawi Hibatullah Akhundzada was shot point-blank by a disguised man among his students. The attempt allegedly failed because the pistol jammed while the Taliban dealt with the shooter.
In 2017, it was revealed that Akhundzada’s son, Abdur Rahman, was killed in a suicide attack on an Afghan military base, although the information was not confirmed by government officials. Two years later, in 2019, the brother of the Taliban leader, Hafiz Ahmadullah, was killed in a bomb blast.
4. Rumored to have Died from COVID-19
With the Covid-19 pandemic outbreak in 2020, unverified reports emerged that Akhundzada had likely succumbed to the disease. However, another source claimed that she had gone to Russia for treatment and had recovered. The rumors were refuted by the Taliban spokesperson in a June 2020 tweet, claiming that Akhundzada had not hired Covid.
5. Taliban’s ultimate Authority on Religion, Politics, and Military
The religious radical has the power of the “highest authority” on religious, political, and military matters relating to the Taliban.