Khair Ulla Said Wali Khairkhwa is an Afghan national born in the Kandahar Province in 1967. Khairkhwa is identified as having served multiple positions, including the Taliban Minister of Interior, the Governor of Herat, and a military commander. He is also identified as being a close associate of Osama Bin Laden and Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar. Shortly after the September 11 attacks, the Department of Defense identified Wali as representing the Taliban "during a meeting with Iranian officials seeking to support hostilities against US and Coalition forces." During this time, he was also identified as a major opium drug lord in Western Afghanistan. He is identified as a close personal friend of Afghan president Hamid Karzai, and following the fall of the Taliban in Afghanistan, reached out to Karzai in an attempt to surrender and get a job in the new government. While in Pakistan negotiating his "surrender" over the phone to Karzai's brother, Khairkhwa was arrested in a raid at Abd al-Manan, the former governor of Kabul's Pakistani home. He is characterized as being "extremely intelligent," a high risk to the US if released, and as of 2008, he received 17 reports of disciplinary infractions in Guantanamo, including for inappropriate use of bodily fluids and assaults.
(Department of Defense)
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