December 4, 2015

THEY HAVE TO BE LUCKY EVERY DAY...:

Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor wounded in gunfight, says Kabul (Sune Engel Rasmussen in Kabul and Jon Boone in Islamabad,  3 December 2015, The Guardian)

The Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who is facing increasing dissent from his own ranks, has been seriously wounded in a gunfight in Pakistan, the Afghan government has said. [...]

As Omar's deputy who oversaw statements issued in the leader's name after his death, Mansoor's credibility is severely strained. Media reports of his wealth, including property holdings in Dubai, have put a further dent in his image. While his predecessor was known for his ascetic lifestyle, Mansoor is viewed as a pragmatist - some would say opportunist.

"For the ideological Taliban, Mullah Mansoor is a criminal, a mafia boss, a drug dealer. It is only those Taliban who fight under instructions from the Pakistani intelligence who see Mansoor as a leader," said Ali Mohammad Ali, a security analyst in Kabul.

Since he was elected swiftly after Omar's death, rivals have accused Mansoor of assuming power without the necessary consensus.

The potential demise or incapacitation of Mansoor could throw the Taliban into another power struggle, which would probably be prolonged since this time as there is no obvious heir. Despite recent military gains, including the temporary capture of the northern city of Kunduz, the Afghan Taliban is struggling to maintain unity.

Posted by at December 4, 2015 4:26 PM

  

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