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Leader of Bin Laden's Former Black Guard Obtains High Rank in Afghan Taliban

The leader of Osama bin Laden's former Black Guard and mastermind behind his escape from the U.S. bombing at Tora Bora in 2001 is now back in charge of Taliban fighters in Afghanistan.

'Anwar ul Haq Mujahid, the son of Younus Khalis, has returned with hundreds of vehicles and thousands of supporters to his family's seat of power and to a heroic welcome in Jalalabad,' a senior Afghan intelligence official who was recently deposed told the Daily Beast.

The official claims that Mujahid's command is joined by others who helped al Qaeda in 2001.

'Everyone who worked closely with al Qaeda in 2001 is back in his entourage, which arrived by air from Doha to help establish the new government in Kabul and then traveled overland this past week from Kabul to Jalalabad. He is now in charge of both Taliban and foreign fighters in eastern Afghanistan, including a Chechen contingent.'

Filippo Rossi, a journalist on the ground in Afghanistan, and a senior U.N. political official also confirmed Mujahid's return as a military commander. (DM / VFI News)

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