The Taliban continue to bring disaffected leaders back into the fold. Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the commander of the Tora Bora Military Front and the son of an influential Taliban leader who was instrumental in welcoming Osama bin Laden to Afghanistan after al Qaeda was ejected from Sudan in 1996, has sworn allegiance to the Taliban’s new emir.
Anwar ul Haq Mujahid is the commander of the Tora Bora Military Front, a Taliban subgroup based in Nangarhar province that has been behind numerous attacks on Afghan and Coalition forces as well as civilians. His father was close to Osama bin Laden.
The Taliban claimed credit for the suicide attack that killed six Afghan civilians, two security guards, and a soldier.
The Behsud district in Nangarhar, where the al Qaeda leader was targeted, is a known hub of jihadist activities.