A former Taliban commander has been charged with terrorism-related crimes for the 2008 killing of US soldiers The Justice Department said on Thursday.
description: indictment, opened Thursday by a grand jury in New York, brings charges against Haji Najibullah, who served as a Taliban commander in 2007 and 2008, for attacks on US troops carried out by Taliban fighters under his authority.
- According to the DOJ, three US Army soldiers and their Afghan interpreter were killed in the raid, and a US military helicopter was shot down, among other damages.
- Najibullah, who was already facing previous charges related to the kidnapping of an American journalist and two Afghan nationals, was arrested and extradited to the US from Ukraine in October last year. He could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
What are they saying: Audrey Strauss, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York, said, “As reported, during one of the bloodiest periods of conflict in Afghanistan, Haji Najibullah led a vicious band of Taliban insurgents who fled parts of Afghanistan. terrorized and attacked American soldiers.” a statement.
- “Neither time nor distance can undermine our resolve to hold terrorists accountable for their crimes and to see justice for their victims.”
- “He will now be held accountable in a US court,” said Mark Lesko, acting assistant attorney general for the DOJ’s National Security Division.