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IEA announces 27 new appointments to key positions

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(Last Updated On: November 23, 2021)

Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (IEA) officials on Monday announced the names of 27 people who have been appointed to key positions within the new government.

Zabihullah Mujahid, a spokesman for the IEA, said the men had been appointed to the posts by order of Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the IEA’s leader.

According to a list posted on Twitter by Mujahid, Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delavar has been named as acting minister of mines and petroleum, and Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund has been named as acting minister of disaster management.

In addition, twenty-five others have been appointed as deputy ministers, corps commanders and heads of independent departments.

The new appointments are as follows:

• Mawlavi Shahabuddin Delavar, Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum

• Haji Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund, Deputy Minister of Mines and Petroleum

• Mullah Mohammad Abbas Akhund, Acting Minister of Disaster Management

• Mawlavi Sharafuddin, Deputy Minister of Disaster Management

• Mawlavi Enayatullah, Deputy Minister of Disaster Management

• Mawlavi Hamdullah Zahed, head of the National Procurement Department

• Sheikh Abdul Rahim, Deputy Director of the National Procurement Department

• Mawlavi Qodratullah Jamal, Head of the Supreme Audit Office

• Mawlavi Ezatullah, Deputy Chief of the Supreme Audit Office

• Mawlavi Mohammad Yousef Mastari, Acting Director of Prisons

• Mullah Habibullah Fazli, Deputy Director of Prison Affairs

• Mawlavi Keramatullah Akhundzadah, head of the Administrative Reform and Civil Service Commission

• Mawlavi Ahmad Taha, Deputy Minister of Borders and Tribes

• Mawlavi Gul Zarin, head of the nomads at the Ministry of Borders and Tribes

• Sheikh Mawlavi Abdul Hakim, Deputy Minister of Martyrs and the Disabled

• Mawlavi Saeed Ahmad Shahidkhel, Deputy Minister of Education

• Mawlavi Abdul Rahman Halim, Deputy Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development

• Mawlavi Atiqullah Azizi, Deputy Minister of Finance and Administration of the Ministry of Information and Culture

• Mullah Faizullah Akhund, Deputy Minister of Youth, Ministry of Information and Culture

• Mawlavi Saifuddin Tayeb, Deputy Director of Communications

• Mawlavi Fathullah Mansour, head of Kandahar airport

• Mohammad Ismail, Executive Commander of the Military Court

• Mawlavi Esmatullah Asim, the deputy of the Red Cross

• Mawlavi Rahimullah Mahmoud, Deputy Commander of the Al-Badar Corps in Kandahar

• Mawlavi Abdul Samad, Deputy Commander of Azam Corps in Helmand

• Mullah Nasser Akhund, Deputy Minister of Finance

• Mawlavi Arefullah Aref, Deputy Minister of Energy and Water

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IEA representatives attend condolence meeting for Hamas leader’s sons

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Mohammad Naeem, charge d’affaires of Afghanistan embassy in Doha, and Sohail Shaheen, head of the political office of the Islamic Emirate in Doha, participated in the condolence meeting in memory of the sons and grandchildren of Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh on Thursday.

Three sons of Haniyeh were killed in an Israeli airstrike in the Gaza Strip on Wednesday. Four of his grandchildren were also killed in the attack.

Following the incident, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs Amir Khan Muttaqi phoned Ismail Haniyeh, telling him that as a result of such sacrifices, Palestine will be freed from Israeli occupation.

He also expressed hope for the Palestinian people’s endurance, determination and patience.

Israel’s attacks on Gaza since October 7 have left 33,634 dead. More than 76,000 others have been injured.

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Afghanistan withdrawal probe sparks anxiety within Biden administration: US’s McCaul

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US Representative Michael McCaul, chairman of the House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee, believes the probe into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan has sparked anxiety within the Biden administration.

“Are we going to get scalps? I don’t know, but are we going to hold people accountable? Yeah. And I think at the end of the day, my intent is to make sure that this never happens again,” McCaul told Axios in an interview.

US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee launched an investigation into America’s withdrawal from Afghanistan several months ago.

Democrats have slammed Republican investigations like the Biden impeachment inquiry as witch hunts. But Republicans argue the Afghanistan probe has yielded evidence that’s hard for the White House to ignore.

Meanwhile, Daily Mail has reported that hours of private testimony by two of the top State Department officials who oversaw the evacuation from Afghanistan lays bare the confusion at the heart of the operation, and how they failed to respond to warning signs that the Islamic Emirate was sweeping across the country.

Brian McKeon, Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources, until he stepped down in December 2022, admitted that officials were never able to confirm how many Americans were on the ground and would need help.

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Kidnapped child rescued in Herat

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Police have rescued a five-year-old girl kidnapped in Herat province, the Ministry of Interior said on Thursday.

Fahmia had been kidnapped nine days ago in the seventh district of Herat city, the ministry said on X.

She was rescued during a search operation, it added.

Two women have been arrested in connection with the case, according to the ministry.

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