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Taliban Announces Acting Gov’t as Protests Take Place Across Afghanistan

HeadlineSep 08, 2021

In Afghanistan, the Taliban has announced its acting government in Kabul. The Cabinet does not include any women or any members of the former Afghan government. Mohammad Hassan Akhund, a close aide to the deceased Taliban founder Mohammad Omar, was named acting prime minister. Abdul Ghani Baradar, a Taliban co-founder, will be his deputy. Sirajuddin Haqqani, the interior minister, is on the FBI’s most wanted list for a 2008 attack in Kabul that killed six people.

This comes as protests grow across Afghanistan. Hundreds of men and women rallied in Kabul Tuesday, with demonstrators calling on Pakistan to stop intervening to aid the Taliban. Two people reportedly died Tuesday during another protest in Herat. This all comes as aid organizations warn of the looming humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, with the country’s fragile healthcare system potentially facing collapse.

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