The Taliban’s leadership

Supreme leader

Haibatullah Akhundzada

Known as the ‘Leader of the Faithful’, the Islamic legal scholar is the Taliban's supreme leader who holds final authority over the group's political, religious, and military affairs

Sirajuddin Haqqani

The son of prominent mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, Sirajuddin leads the Haqqani network, a loosely organised group that oversees the Taliban's financial and military assets across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

One of the co-founders of the Taliban, Baradar now heads the political office of the Taliban. Baradar was captured in 2010 by security forces in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi and released in 2018

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob

The son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, Yaqoob oversees the group's military operations

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai

A former deputy minister in the Taliban's government before its ouster, Stanekzai has lived in Doha for nearly a decade, and became the head of the group's political office there in 2015

Abdul Hakim Haqqani

Head of the Taliban's negotiating team. The Taliban's former shadow chief justice heads its powerful council of religious scholars and is widely believed to be someone whom Akhundzada trusts most

The Taliban’s leadership

Supreme leader

Haibatullah Akhundzada

Known as the ‘Leader of the Faithful’, the Islamic legal scholar is the Taliban's supreme leader who holds final authority over the group's political, religious, and military affairs

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

One of the co-founders of the Taliban, Baradar now heads the political office of the Taliban. Baradar was captured in 2010 by security forces in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi and released in 2018

Sirajuddin Haqqani

The son of prominent mujahideen commander Jalaluddin Haqqani, Sirajuddin leads the Haqqani network, a loosely organised group that oversees the Taliban's financial and military assets across the Pakistan-Afghanistan border

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob

The son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar, Yaqoob oversees the group's military operations

Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai

A former deputy minister in the Taliban's government before its ouster, Stanekzai has lived in Doha for nearly a decade, and became the head of the group's political office there in 2015

Abdul Hakim Haqqani

Head of the Taliban's negotiating team. The Taliban's former shadow chief justice heads its powerful council of religious scholars and is widely believed to be someone whom Akhundzada trusts most