Christiane Amanpour Interviews Taliban Deputy Leader Sirajuddin Haqqani in Kabul

Leading on from there, Amanpour pointed out to Haqqani that he not just had a multi-million dollar bounty on his head but was also under sanctions by the US. She then went on to quote a “top Western official” speaking about Haqqani. “This is what a top Western official told me just before I got here. He said: ‘We are in a new world. The guy (Haqqani) has a huge amount of American blood on his hands. He has got, in the Taliban, the tightest ties to extremist movements. He was one of the first to put women back to work in his ministry. We have seen his ministry take promising steps to contain terrorism. To call it a paradox is an understatement. This is not just my opinion. It is the opinion of every single envoy working on these issues.'”

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