Taliban government includes man on UN terror list and another with £3.6million bounty

By Matthew Dresch

The Taliban's new Government includes a man on the UN terror list and another with a $5million bounty on his head.

Afghanistan's new prime minister is Mullah Hassan Akhund, who is on a UN terrorist list.

Sirajuddin Haqqani has become the interior minister, despite the US previously placing a $5million (£3.6m) bounty on his head.

He is believed to have organised a deadly hotel bombing in Kabul in 2008, along with other attacks on US and coalition forces in Afghanistan.

Meanwhile, the Taliban's co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar has been named as deputy leader.

It comes after the Islamist group swept across Afghanistan and ousted the previous Government while the US and its allies withdrew.

The Taliban now claim to have crushed the last remnants of opposition in the Panjshir Valley - a stronghold of the National Resistance Front of Afghanistan.

Mullah Mohammad Hassan Akhund has become the Taliban's prime minister (AFP via Getty Images)

Mullah Hassan Akhund

Mullah Hassan Akhund has been close to the Taliban's supreme leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada for 20 years.

He served as Afghanistan's deputy foreign minister between 1996 and 2001, when the Taliban were last in power.

A UN terror report described him as a 'close associate and political adviser' to the Taliban's first leader Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Sirajuddin Haqqani has a $5million bounty on his head (Sky)

Sirajuddin Haqqani

Sirajuddin Haqqani is the son of the founder of the Haqqani network, which is designated as a terrorist organisation by the United States.

He has a $5million bounty on his head and is still believed to be holding at least one American hostage, ABC reports.

Haqqani now leads his father's network, which has carried out attacks against Americans and is said to still have ties to al-Qaeda.

Baradar led the Taliban's political office in Doha, Qatar (STRINGER/EPA-EFE/REX/Shutterstock)

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar

Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar previously led the Taliban's political office in Doha, Qatar.

He oversaw the signing of the US withdrawal agreement from Afghanistan last year.

Baradar, who was a co-founder of the Taliban, has now been appointed deputy leader.

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob

Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of the Taliban's first leader Mullah Omar, has been named as defence minister.

His dad fell ill and died in 2013 after refusing a visit from a doctor.

Yaqoob, who had not seen his father since 2001, travelled to his father's grave and had it opened to confirm his identity.

Amir Khan Muttaqi

Amir Khan Muttaqi has been appointed as foreign minister.

He was a Taliban negotiator in Doha and took part in the peace negotiations with America.

Muttaqi was reportedly a higher education minister during the Taliban's last regime.

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