A statement attributed to Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada for the occasion of Eid al-Adha boasted of the group's success and what it describes as America's failure in the war in Afghanistan, and expressed willingness for direct negotiations with the U.S..
A video purports to show Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada among the public during Eid al-Fitr and embracing those who approach him.
In a statement attributed to Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Afghan Taliban leader ordered fighters to continue attacks on foreign soldiers during Eid al-Fitr but to suspend offensive operations against "domestic opposition forces".
The Afghan Taliban released an Eid al-Adha message attributed to its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, calling on Afghan businessmen to build factories and to invest in various sectors under its administration, and reiterating previously stated points about the group’s political objectives.
The Afghan Taliban released an Eid al-Fitr message attributed to its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, regarding Americans as a “key factor” behind the ongoing war in Afghanistan, and expressing that the group is “deeply upset” by the recent conflict between Qatar and Gulf states.
The Afghan Taliban issued an environmental message attributed to its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, calling on his fighters as well as Afghans in general to plant trees for the beautification of the earth.
The Afghan Taliban published an “introduction” of its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, detailing his life, role in the group’s establishment, and appointment to group leader, stating he is “one of the key elements in…promoting the ongoing cause of Jihad inside Afghanistan.”
The Afghan Taliban released an Eid al-Adha message attributed to its leader, Haibatullah Akhundzada, commanding fighters to focus on Shariah governance and administration in areas they control, and to call to the people in enemy ranks to leave service.
Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri mourned the killing of former Afghan Taliban head Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour and pledged allegiance to the group's new chief, Haibatullah Akhundzada.