November 8, 2015

HE'S A TiNO!:

Afghan Taliban breakaway faction appoints Rasool as its own leader, challenges new chief Mansour (First Post, Nov 6, 2015)

It was unclear whether the new group can rally wide support but its emergence exposes simmering rifts within the movement since the announcement of longtime leader Mullah Omar's death in late July.

"Mansour is not our Amir-ul-Momineen," Rasool told the gathering of dozens of fighters in remote Bakwah district, referring to the respected Islamic title of "commander of the faithful".

"We don't accept him as our leader. He was not elected lawfully in accordance with Sharia to lead the group," said Rasool, wearing glasses and a black turban and flanked by heavily armed fighters.

Splits emerged at the top of the Taliban following the appointment of Mansour as replacement for Omar, the movement's founding leader whose death was confirmed this summer.

Many in the movement were unhappy the death had been kept secret for two years -- during which time annual Eid statements were issued in Omar's name.

Others said the process to choose Mansour, believed to be too close to Pakistan's shadowy military establishment, as his successor was rushed and even biased.

Mansour is widely known to favor a negotiated settlement, so a split was inevitable.  The more violence between them the better.

Posted by at November 8, 2015 9:26 AM

  

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