The Taliban announced its “caretaker” government on Tuesday and former President Barack Obama is hanging his head in shame. Because on the list of cabinet officials were four of the five Taliban leaders released from prison by Obama in exchange for kidnapped U.S. Army deserter Bowe Bergdahl in 2014.
Obama botched that one but it gets worse. The fifth member of Obama’s “Taliban Five,” Mohammad Nabi Omari, is the Taliban’s governor for the Khost province.
The four prisoners, now leaders, Obama handed over are Director of Intelligence Abdul Haq Wasiq, Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs Norullah Noori, Minister of Information and Culture Khairullah Khairkhah, and Deputy Defense Minister Mohammad Fazl.
The Taliban’s religious leader, Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, issued a statement saying:
“As a caretaker and committed cabinet has been announced by the authorities of the Islamic Emirate to control and run the affairs of the country which will start functioning at the earliest, I assure all the countrymen that the figures will work hard towards upholding Islamic rules and Sharia law in the country, protecting the country’s highest interests, securing Afghanistan’s borders, and to ensuring lasting peace, prosperity and development.”
“The Islamic Emirate will take serious and effective steps towards protecting human rights, the rights of minorities as well as the rights of the underprivileged groups within the framework of the demands of the sacred religion of Islam,” reads the statement.
According to Tolonews, the new Taliban caretaker cabinet consists of the following people:
Prime Minister (head of state): Mullah Hassan Akhund
Deputy: Mullah Baradar
Deputy: Mawlavi Hannafi
Acting Minister of Defense: Mullah Yaqoub
Acting Minister of Interior: Serajuddin Haqqani
Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs: Mawlawi Amir Khan Muttaqi
Acting Minister of Finance: Mullah Hedayatullah Badri
Acting Minister of Education: Mawlawi Noorullah Munir
Acting Minister of Information and Culture: Mullah Khairullah Khairkhah
Acting Minister of Economy: Qari Din Hanif
Acting Minister of Hajj: Mawlawi Noor Mohammad Saqib
Acting Minister of Justice: Abdul Hakim Sharie
Acting Minister of Borders and Tribal Affairs: Mullah Noorullah Noori
Acting Minister of Rural Rehabilitation and Development: Mullah Mohammad Younus Akhundzada
Acting Minister of Public Work: Mullah Abdul Manan Omari
Acting Minister of Mines and Petroleum: Mullah Mohammad Esa Akhund
Acting Minister of Water and Energy: Mullah Abdul Latif Mansoor
Acting Minister of Civil Aviation and Transport: Mullah Hamidullah Akhundzada
Acting Minister of Higher Education: Abdul Baqi Haqqani
Acting Minister of Telecommunication: Najibullah Haqqani
Acting Minister of Refugees: Khalilurahman Haqqani
Acting Director of Intelligence: Abdul Haq Wasiq
Acting Director of the Central Bank: Haji Mohammad Idris
Acting Director of the Administrative Office of the President: Ahmad Jan Ahmady
Acting Minister of Dawat-u-Ershad: Sheikh Mohammad Khalid
Defense Deputy Minister: Mullah Mohammad Fazil
Army Chief of Staff: Qari Fasihuddin
Deputy Foreign Minister: Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai
Deputy Interior Minister: Mawlawi Noor Jalal
Deputy Information and Culture Minister: Zabihullah Mujahid
First Deputy of Intelligence Department: Mullah Tajmir Javad
Administrative Deputy of Intelligence Department: Mullah Rahmatullah Najeeb
Deputy Interior Minister for Counter Narcotics: Mullah Abdulhaq Akhund.