The local media in Afghanistan claiming ” the strengthening of the positions of the Al-Qaeda terrorist organization in the last few weeks.” Several representatives of group’s top officials have returned to the country following the withdrawal of U.S. forces.
Among the Al-Qaeda leaders who have recently came back to Afghanistan, there is the former head of Osama bin Laden’s security service, Amin al Haq.
Amin al Haq returned to Afghanistan in triumph accompanied by a Taliban’s convoy on August 30, 10 days after U.S. President Joe Biden claimed that Al-Qaeda was no longer present in Afghanistan.
He entered the province of Nangarhar that is under the Taliban’s control. The province is located near the border with Pakistan, where the leaders of Al-Qaeda are known to take shelter.
One of the main associates of Osama bin Laden was warmly welcomed in Jalalabad.
Amin al Haq began his “career” in the Hizb Islami Khalis group, which welcomed Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan in 1996.
When having headed the security service of Osama bin Laden, alongside with his leader, Amin al-Haq took part in the Battle for Tora Bora in Nandagar province in 2001. He later helped Osama bin Laden to escape from Afghanistan to Pakistan. In 2007, after he was wounded in the second Battle of Tora Bora, he joined Al-Qaeda and Taliban forces that were gathering in Pakistan to fight against the Afghan army and the U.S. In 2008, Amin Al-Haq was arrested in Lahore region in Pakistan, where the headquarters of Al-Qaeda’s ally, the Lashkar-e — Taiba group, were located. When being released in 2011, he stopped all his public activities. According to some reports, he was responsible for organization of Al-Qaeda’s activities in Afghanistan.
According to the Doha agreement, the “Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan … will not allow any of its members, other individuals or groups, including al-Qa’ida, to use the soil of Afghanistan to threaten the security of the United States and its allies”. However, this point risks to be not implemented.
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