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Abdul Rahman Rahmani


Abdul Rahman Rahmani, from Afghanistan, is a seasoned counterterrorism and national security expert with over 16 years of experience. His work primarily focuses on Afghanistan and the broader Central and South Asian regions. Fluent in English, Farsi, Hindi, Pashto, and Arabic, Rahmani has provided intelligence support for the United States' counterterrorism initiatives in Afghanistan. Academically, Rahmani holds a master's degree in National Security Resources Strategy from the National Defense University in Washington, D.C., and an undergraduate degree from the Expeditionary Warfare School at Marine Corps University in Virginia. He also has a bachelor's degree in sociology from Kabul University. Rahmani began his military career in 2004, joining the Afghan National Defense and Security Forces, where he served in various capacities, including a helicopter pilot. He rose through the ranks and was a colonel when Afghanistan collapsed to the Taliban in Aug 2021. Later, Rahmani served as the Head of the Presidential Intelligence Coordination Center and led the International Sanctions and Terrorism division within the Afghan National Security Council in Kabul. He is a published author, and his book 'Afghanistan: A Collection of Stories' was released in 2013. He has written multiple articles advocating for the U.S. mission and the establishment of a free and democratic Afghanistan.