Sea Knight military transport helicopter flies over Kabul as Taliban enters Kabul and West evacuates 150721 CREDIT UPI, ALAMY
Afghanistan

Wanted Militant Commander In Kabul Ahead Of New Government Talks

The US placed a $5m (£3.6m) bounty on the head of the Taliban leader who has been pictured in Kabul ahead of new government talks.

Sea Knight military transport helicopter flies over Kabul as Taliban enters Kabul and West evacuates 150721 CREDIT UPI, ALAMY

Taliban leader Khalil Haqqani, wanted by the US and UN, has been pictured in the Afghan capital Kabul, ahead of talks on forming a new government.

The US has placed a $5m (£3.6m) bounty on the head of Haqqani, who attended the Pul-e-Kheshti Mosque, where reports say hundreds pledged their allegiance to the Taliban.

He is part of the hardline Haqqani network and was pictured among the large crowds in the Afghan capital on Friday, flanked by armed men dressed in military uniforms.

The Haqqani network is one of the region's most powerful and feared militant groups, and has been credited with some of the most violent attacks against Afghan forces and their Western allies in recent years.

Earlier in the week, the head of Afghanistan's High Council for National Reconciliation, Abdullah Abdullah, posted photos of a meeting with Haqqani and his Taliban delegation, as well as the former Afghan president Hamid Karzai.

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Cover image: Sea Knight military transport helicopter flies over Kabul in July (Picture: UPI/ALAMY).