Breitbart News has learned that Taliban General Abdul Rahman Gul has been assassinated in an airstrike on the Afghan border.
Gul was one of the Taliban’s highest ranking medical advisers and was instrumental in creating the new Afghan Ministry of Health in 2009.
Gul had been instrumental in crafting the Taliban government’s approach to women’s rights, gender equality, and gender-based violence prevention.
Gul also had a long record of anti-US activities and was a vocal critic of the US, including the 2001 attack on the USS Cole and the 2007 bombing of the USS Liberty.
The Taliban government has yet to officially name Gul’s killers.
Gul’s death comes just days after the Taliban regime announced the creation of a new ministry to combat “un-Islamic” practices, such as sharia law and sharia courts, which Gul had denounced.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid denied Gul’s assassination and said Gul was assassinated because he opposed the government’s plans to create a new Ministry of Women’s Affairs and was against sharia.
The announcement of Gul’s killing comes just over a week after the government announced it had launched a nationwide search for his killers.
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani had promised to make an announcement regarding Gul’s murder soon.
He has also promised to establish a special investigation committee into Gul’s alleged assassination, but has not yet done so.
Gul, who served as Afghanistan’s first minister of health and women’s affairs, was the Taliban leader who led the Taliban from 1998 to 2008.
Gul held leadership positions in the Taliban party and was the first Afghan leader to have his own personal Twitter account, which he used to post his official statements and public messages.
His death comes as the Taliban has seen a dramatic rise in casualties as they try to rebuild and expand their territory.
Over the past week, the Taliban claimed to have killed more than 150 US soldiers, but the US military has refuted this, saying that the casualties were due to an insurgent attack.
The United States has conducted more than 20 drone strikes in Afghanistan since 2009.