Notorious Afghan Warlord ‘Rocketyar’ Ready to Return to Politics – VOA News

Afghan warlord Gulbuddin Hekmatyar prays before giving a speech to supporters in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, April 30, 2017.

Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is to meet the Afghan president this week ahead of a return to politics, a remarkable turnaround for a leader widely reviled for his part in a civil war that killed thousands in the capital Kabul and razed much of the city.

Hekmatyar, who was removed from the U.N. terrorism sanctions list this year, made his first public appearance Saturday since a 2016 peace deal, and he has been in the eastern city of Jalalabad gathering support.

His rehabilitation has been welcomed by the United States and President Ashraf Ghani, who see it as a possible precursor to… Read More on VOA News