Zabiullah Mujahid repeatedly escaped US ambushes and was often considered a ghost,
REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, KABUL — Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid admitted that he had been living in the capital of Afghanistan so he was very close to his enemies who thought of him as a figure like a ghost. Mujahid has been operating in the shadows for years.
“They (the US and Afghan National Forces) used to think I was not there,” Mujahid told the newspaper The Express Tribune in an interview.
Mujahid said he was able to escape raids and arrests many times. This condition makes him considered a non-existent and only artificial person Taliban just.
However, it was this assumption that made this 43-year-old spokesman managed to move freely in Afghanistan. In fact he was able to stay in Kabul for quite a long time, being in the company of his enemies.
“I explored freely and at a distance. I also managed to have direct access to the front lines, where the Taliban were carrying out their actions, and up-to-date information. It was quite confusing for our enemy,” Mujahid said.
Due to Mujahid’s vague appearance over the years, there has been speculation as to whether the faceless spokesman was actually more than one person. “US forces often pay locals to get some information about my whereabouts. Using that information, as I said, they must have launched dozens of intelligence-based operations in hopes of finding my traces,” he said.
However, Mujahid stated, he never left or tried to leave Afghanistan. He became a spokesman for the Taliban after the arrest of his predecessor.
Mujahid also said that he had never seen the founder of the Taliban Mullah Umar. “But I have worked with Sheikh Mullah Mansoor, and Sheikh Hebatullah,” he said referring to Mullah Omar’s successor.
Mujahid was born in the Gardez district of Paktia province around 1978. He said he specialized in Islamic jurisprudence from the Haqqania seminary at Nowshera in northwest Pakistan, which is also dubbed the Taliban University or University of Jihad internationally.