30 Aug '14, 10pm

Senior IMU leader captured by ISAF in 2011 now leads fight in northern Afghanistan

A senior leader of the Taliban and al Qaeda-linked Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) who was captured by Coalition forces in the spring of 2011 is now leading more than 300 jihadists in the northern Afghan province of Kunduz. The IMU leader once served as the top commander of the jihadist group's network in Afghanistan. Qari Bilal, the IMU leader, was freed by the Afghan government at the direction of President Hamid Karzai, Afghan officials in Kunduz have told TOLONews , which identified Bilal as "a senior al-Qaeda leader who was released from prison on two separate occasions." He leads more than 300 fighters in Kunduz province and "has masterminded numerous suicide attacks and overseen the planting of roadside bombs throughout the province. " The Afghan news service reports that Bilal "fled to Pakistan after the collapse of the Taliban regime in 2001 but was then invi...

Full article: http://www.longwarjournal.org/archives/2014/08/senior_imu...

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