State Department ‘Concerned’ About Terrorist in Taliban Cabinet

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The U.S. State Department is expressing concern over the Taliban's placing a designated terrorist as interim prime minister in Afghanistan’s new government Cabinet.

A spokesperson told The Daily Caller News Foundation that the State Department was “concerned by the affiliations and track records of some of the individuals” in the Taliban's all-male government.

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“We understand that the Taliban has presented this as a caretaker cabinet,” the spokesperson said, adding:

However, we will judge the Taliban by its actions, not words. We have made clear our expectation that the Afghan people deserve an inclusive government.

We will continue to hold the Taliban to their commitments to allow safe passage for foreign nationals and Afghans with travel documents, including permitting flights currently ready to fly out of Afghanistan to agreed-upon onward destinations.

Muhammad Hassan Akhund, installed as acting prime minister by the Taliban, is designated by the United Nations as a terrorist, Axios reported.

Akhund also is sought by the FBI for terrorism and runs the Haqqani network, which the U.S. designates as a foreign terrorist organization.

Taliban Supreme Leader Hibatullah Akhundzada said in a statement Tuesday that the government will “work hard toward upholding Islamic rules and Shariah law in the country.”

White House chief of staff Ron Klain said on CNN’s “State of the Nation” on Sunday that about 100 Americans remain in Afghanistan who wish to be evacuated. 

“We’re hopeful that, in the coming days, the Qataris will be able to resume air service out of Kabul,” Klain said. “And, if they do, we’re obviously going to look to see if Americans can be part of those flights. We are going to find ways to get them … out of Afghanistan.”

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