Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada

Sheikh Haibatullah Akhundzada is the supreme leader of Taliban. He took up the top position after the death of his predecessor – Akhtar Mansour, who was killed in a US drone strike close to the Afghan-Pakistan border in 2016.
In the 1980s, Sheikh Haibatullah joined young religious students to fight the Soviets as part of the Islamic resistance. Because of his scholarly background, he went on to become the religious advisor of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammed Omar and gained two senior religious titles – sheikh ul-hadith or outstanding religious scholar and mawlawi. His role also expanded into the area of law and order.

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