With the Taliban now in control of Afghanistan, the names and faces of some of its key players — notably Abdul Ghani Baradar, the group’s day-to-day leader, and Zabihullah Mujahid, its official spokesman — are back in the spotlight.

But the extremist group’s supreme leader, who has the final say on all political, religious and military decisions, has remained in the shadows.

Haibatullah Akhundzada, an ultraconservative cleric, has officially led the Taliban since 2016 but has stayed out of the public eye. Here’s what to know about him.