Who is Gulbuddin Hekmatyar?

  1. A controversial figure from the insurgency against the Soviets in the 1980s and the civil wars of the 1990s
  2. Designated a global terrorist by the United States, which has been leading an international military mission in Afghanistan for the past 15 years
  3. He served as prime minister in the 1990s, before the rise to power of the Taliban
  4. Has long been known as close to Pakistan
  5. His faction of Hezb-i-Islami has played a relatively small role in the current conflict, in which the Taliban have a leading role in battling the Western-backed government in Kabul
Foreign Policy Watch: Cross-Border Terrorism
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