Zubair Massoud, the former advisor to the National Security Council of Afghanistan, is a member of a renowned Afghan family. His family has had a crucial role in Afghan politics and been prominent in confronting the Taliban’s full take over of Afghanistan.
Zubair’s grandfather Burhanuddin Rabbani was one of the most influential Afghan leaders. Rabbani served as a former President of Afghanistan but, later, was assassinated by the Taliban in a suicide bomb attack. His uncle Ahmad Shah Massoud, also spent his life resisting the Soviet occupation in Afghanistan between 1979 to 1989. However, he too was killed by Al-Qaeda operatives posing as journalists in 2001.