Amanullah Khan (Herat renegade)

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Amanullah Khan is a citizen of Afghanistan and a tribal leader from Afghanistan's Pashtun ethnic group.[1][2] Amanullah Khan is from Ghurian district in Herat Province.

The first Governor of Herat President Hamid Karzai appointed was Ismail Khan, a powerful leader from Herat's Tajik ethnic group, who Amanullah Khan had once served under.[1]

Fighters loyal to Amanullah Khan challenged Governor Ismail Khan's authority; officials with Ismail Khan said that Amanullah Khan enjoyed some tacit support from Afghan's capital Kabul, who wanted to use his opposition to curb Ismail Khan's power.[2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Carlotta Gall (2002-12-02). "Threats and responses: Warlords; Warring Afghan Factions Fire on Green Berets, but They Pay a Price". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-19. "Fighting flared at the beginning of November and then broke out again Saturday night about 10:30. The fighting appears to be over control of the large air base at Shindand and the nearby border crossing to Iran, which Mr. Khan had controlled in the early 1990s. A Pashtun commander and a former ally of Mr. Khan, Amanullah Khan, controls it now, and the two men have fallen out." 
  2. 2.0 2.1 Amy Waldman (2002-12-02). "Afghan Strife Exposes Deep and Wide Ethnic Tensions". New York Times. Retrieved 2009-06-19. "Ismail Khan's intelligence chief, Naser Alawi, said he believed that some in the central government who were trying to play the ethnic card supported Amanullah Khan's attack."