Mullah's rise charts Taliban's long road back to power
August 19, 2021
The Taliban's top political leader, who made a triumphal return to Afghanistan this week, battled the U.S. and its allies for decades but then signed a landmark peace agreement with the Trump administration.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar is now expected to play a key role in negotiations between the Taliban and officials from the Afghan government that the militant group deposed in its blitz across the country. The Taliban say they seek an "inclusive, Islamic" government and claim they have become more moderate since they last held power.
But many remain skeptical, and all eyes are now on Bara...