Monday, February 10, 2014

Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf - Potential President

A former warlord, Abdul Rab Rasoul Sayyaf, could very well be the next president of Afghanistan after the April 2014 Afghan elections. He comes with a certain amount of baggage - human rights abuses (the Hazaras are not fond of him), associations with terrorist organizations, and he is an Islamic hardliner. However, as the leader of a Pashtun party that is very anti-Taliban he enjoys a lot of support politically within Afghanistan. He is famous as a jihadi leader of a Pashtun militia against the Russians during the Soviet occupation of Afghanistan in the 1980s. Read more in "Former warlord launches campaign to succeed Karzai", The Washington Post, February 7, 2014.

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