Former Taliban Commander Charged for Deaths of US Troops

Prosecutors in the United States have charged an alleged former Taliban commander with terrorism-related offenses related to the 2008 assassination of American Marines in Afghanistan.

According to the Department of Justice, Haji Najibullah was charged in a 13-count indictment unsealed in federal court on Thursday.

After being accused of kidnapping an American journalist and two Afghan civilians in 2008, Najibullah, 45, was already in US custody. 

Prosecutors said on Thursday that they had filed a superseding indictment, adding murder counts to his charge sheet.

“Najibullah, who allegedly served as a Taliban commander in 2007 and 2008, is charged with numerous terrorism offenses relating to attacks against the U.S. military in Afghanistan, including an attack that killed three U.S. service members, and others relating to taking an American journalist hostage in Afghanistan,” Acting Assistant Attorney General Mark J. Lesko for the Justice Department’s National Security Division said.

Lesko added that he will now be held accountable in an American courtroom. 

The National Security Division and our partners are committed to identifying and holding accountable those who target and harm Americans anywhere in the world. I want to thank the agents, analysts, and prosecutors who are responsible for this case.”

Editors Note: https://www.justice.gov/opa/pr/former-taliban-commander-charged-killing-american-troops-2008


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