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Qari Ahmadullah

Qari Ahmadullah (Pashto: قاری احمدالله‎) (b.1975 - d. December 27, 2001(2001-12-27)) was an Afghan politician and the Taliban's first interior minister in 1996. [1] [2][3]

He was also responsible for bribing anti-Taliban commanders to desert the ranks of the United Islamic Front for the Salvation of Afghanistan opposition. Ahmadullah also commanded troops fighting on frontlines in the north of the country against the Northern Alliance.

According to the Official Journal of the European Union, and the testimony of Abdul Haq Wasiq, before his Combatant Status Review Tribunal, Ahmadullah was the Minister of Security, and therefore also Minister of Intelligence, and the Governor of Takhar Province. Abdul Haq described Ahmadullah as an uneducated man.[4][1]

He was supposedly killed in the opening days of 2002, in the American airstrike against Mullah Taha's house in Zadran.[5] But a recent investigation in Harper's Magazine, 12 years after the incident, says Ahmadullah is alive.[6]


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  4. ^ Summarized transcripts (.pdf), from Abdul Haq Wasiq's Combatant Status Review Tribunal - pages 13-24
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