Deputy defense minister of the Taliban

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American counter-terrorism officials have identified multiple individuals as the Deputy Defense Minister of the Taliban or the Taliban's Deputy Defense Minister.

The Defense Intelligence Agency identified Abdul Rahman Noor, one of the first Guantanamo captives to be repatriated,

Noor was released in July of 2003, and has since participated in fighting against US forces near Kandahar. After his release, Noor was identified as the person in an October 7, 2001, video interview with al-Jazeerah TV network, wherein he is identified as the “deputy defense minister of the Taliban.” In this interview, he described the defensive position of the mujahideen and claimed they had recently downed an airplane.[1]
  1. "Most Wanted, Afghanistan/Pakistan". Defense Intelligence Agency. October 2006. pp. 29–30.,_October_2006.pdf&page=30. Retrieved 2007-03-14. "Terrorist Affilation [sic]: al-Qaida (AQ). Believed to be in: Afghanitan/Pakistan. Former Guantanamo detainee. AQ Facilitator"  16x16px Media related to File:DIA Af-Pak wanted posters October 2006-Page30.pdf at Wikimedia Commons