Abdul Haq Wasiq: One of the Taliban Five

Laura Murray By Laura Murray, 31st Aug 2014 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Who are the men traded for US citzen/soldier Bowe Bergdahl? Read about one of the five here.


ALIASES: Abdul Haq Wasiq, Abu Abdullah, Mullah Waziq, Wasiq Sahib
DOB: 1971, Ghazni, Afghanistan
Citizenship: Afghanistan, Khogyani Tribe
Risk Level: HIGH, likely to pose a threat to the US, its interests and allies
Intelligence Value: HIGH
Rank/Position: Taliban Intelligence Official
Education: Warah School and Zia al-Madras Madrassa
Incarcerated: January 11, 2002
Released: May 31, 2014


  • Had direct access to Taliban and Hezb-e-Islami Gulbuddin (HIG) leadership


  • Was central in forming alliances with other Islamic fundamentalist groups, on behalf of the Taliban, to fight Coalition forces after the attacks on 9-11-01.
  • Supported al-Qaeda
  • Assisted Taliban personnel in eluding capture.
  • Arranged for al-Qaeda to train Taliban intelligence staff.
  • Mass killings
  • Torture
  • Gave 9/11 planners intelligence training
  • War Crimes – deaths of thousands of Shiite Muslims in Afghanistan


Abdul Haq Wasiq started his religious training under his father. When his father died in 1981, he went to Warah School near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. At age 18, he went to the Zia al-Madras Madrassa to finish his religious training. Upon completion, he stayed at the mosque for an additional year in order to learn the Koran. After this year of study, he returned to Ghazni and lead prayers in a mosque near the town of Geru.
When the Taliban gained control of Afghanistan, Abdul went to Kabul and met the Taliban Minister of Intelligence. He worked for the Minister for 8 months. When the Deputy fell ill, Abdul was his replacement. Abdul directed investigations involving espionage, bribery, internal affairs, and anti-corruption.
Abdul was captured on November 24, 2001. He met with US personnel and was supposed to bring The Taliban Minister of Intelligence with him. He did not bring the minister but offered to help locate him. Abdul, and his assistant, were arrested based on their position within the Taliban and support to Anti-Coalition Militia members.
Abdul was detained at Guantanamo Bay prison. He was kept in detention in order to glean intelligence regarding Taliban Supreme Commander Mullah Muhammad Omar and Intelligence Minister Qari Ahmadullah. There were also accusations from another detainee that Abdul had placed al-Qaida members in Taliban leadership. More intelligence regarding this was needed. The US also hoped to glean information regarding the escape routes and safe houses that the Taliban fighters used. Abdul has an incredible amount of information regarding Taliban operations, activities, hierarchy, leadership, and more. The US was hoping to get all this from him.
On May 31, 2014, Abdul, along with four other Taliban detainees, was traded for an American POW, Bowe Bergdahl. The Emir of Qatar has been credited for his efforts to secure this deal between the US and the Taliban. Abdul, along with the other four, will be under Qatari control for at least one year, forbidden to leave the country.

Other Four

Mohammad Omari
Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwa
Mullah Norullah Noori
Mullah Mohammad Fazl

About the Author

With a Master of Strategic Intelligence and a BS in Political Science, Laura excelled as an analyst with the federal government and local government. She focused on issues of terrorism and crime and quickly became the subject matter expert in every office she worked in. Laura left government service to pursue a writing career. She currently works as the Senior Policy Analyst with Sussman Corporate Security in addition to her writing. Laura focuses on issue of military, terrorism, intelligence, and organized crime. To follow her writings, and/or to connect with her on social media, go to her website.


Afghanistan, Bowe Bergdahl, Prisoner Swap, Qatar, Taliban, Terror, Terrorism, Trade

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My passions in writing are in Christian persecution and food/health. I also love to pursue topics in terrorism and intelligence as my experience and education are in these areas.

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