Who is Abdul Ghani Baradar, the man who led the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?

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Who is Abdul Ghani Baradar, the man who led the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan?
The de facto leader of the newly declared Islamic Emirate was raised in the birthplace of his insurgent group and jailed in 2010 — until the US requested his release in 2018
By TOI staff and Agencies

Freed from a Pakistani jail at the request of the United States in just 2018, Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar emerged on Sunday as the victor of a 20-year war. Baradar was born in the Afghani province of Uruzgan in 1968, and was raised in Kandahar — the birthplace of the Taliban movement. Like most Afghans, Baradar’s life was forever altered by the Soviet invasion of the country in the late 1970s, which transformed him into an insurgent. He was believed to have fought side-by-side with the one-eyed cleric, Mullah Omar, the Afghan mujahid commander who later led the insurgent group when it founded the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in 1996. The two would go on to found the Taliban movement in the early 1990s, amid the chaos and corruption of the civil war that erupted after the Soviet withdrawal.

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