Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Deputy emir of ‘moderate’ Taliban faction oversaw ‘massacre of thousands of Shiites’ - The Long War Journal

The deputy emir of a new Taliban faction in Afghanistan that is attempting to portray itself as more moderate than the established branch has been directly implicated in the massacre of thousands of Afghans during the 1998 takeover of Mazar-i-Sharif. Mullah Abdul Manan Niazi also helped shelter a former senior Taliban leader who is closely linked to al Qaeda before he was detained and transferred to Guantanamo Bay.
Niazi, the deputy leader of the so-called “High Council of Afghanistan Islamic Emirate,” was accused by Human Rights Watch of inciting and supporting the murder of thousands of Afghans, mostly from the minority Shiite Hazara sect, after the Taliban seized the city in August 1998. He also sheltered Khairullah Said Wali Khairkhwa, one of five former Guantanamo Bay detainees who were exchanged for captive US soldier Bowe Bergdahl.... http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2015/11/deputy-emir-of-moderate-taliban-faction-oversaw-massacre-of-thousands-of-shiites.php

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