Wa alaykum as salam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu
"The Muslims of Afghanistan are predominantly Hanafi in fiqh, so when you are with them, you should follow them, as this will lead to greater unity in your cause."
Shaykh Bin Baz (RA) and Usama bin Ladin (RA) were both children (in terms of stature) and nobody in 1980s. The Scholar of rank during Soviet Jihad was Shaykh Abdullah Azzam (RA) so get the facts straight before labeling someone "Deobandi" or removing the label and sticking a "NoBandi" label on others.
I heard the Khutbahs of Shaykh Abdullah Azzam (RA) every few weeks in Islamabad because Lal Masjid is where my father took me to pray Fridays along with many others in Islamabad. It was the Masjid where most people went (along with women), nothing to do with Jihad. Most Government officers went because:
I also saw General Zialul Haq (RA) there so many times.
None of these people were "Deobandi" in any sense of the word at all and there was no push to convert them to "Deobandees" as the partisanship of Salafi/Deobandi Manhaj wars was to begin a decade later.
It was the JackAss "Deobandees" who tried to put a Turban on the head of Mullah Omar (RA) much later and showered Khilafah on him like candy to make him Deobandi and a Sufi, he was neither!
Mullah Omar (RA) was 6'4" and this short Deobandi climbed on the back of the Sofa in trying to tie a turban and fell in his lap in the process and the entire Shura burst out laughing (due to the comedy), the display by Deobandees was sickening and comedically funny at the same time.
Taliban were/are never Deobandi at all, some of them happen to study at Deobandi Institutions. These were standard Hanafi Muslims, its the close minded xenophobic (Pakistani) Deobandees who claim the non-sense. In fact, Taliban even had Shia ministers in the cabinet let alone number two of Taliban cabinet who was a Ghair-Muqallid.
On record and well known and widely practiced.
Hanafi ≠ Deobandi
That's why the fanatical "Deobandees" call themselves "Sunni Deobandi Hanafi" to make a distinct identity, ridiculous as it may be. The simplest example is of Maulana Ubaidullah Sindhi (RA) unless fanatics now think that he was not "Deobandi"
This cannot be undone and I am sure it will be greatly appreciated.