New Taliban leader facing tension as top official quits

(From Reuters)

A top Taliban official announced his resignation  Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week.

Syed Tayyab Agha objected to the way in which Mullah Omar's successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, was chosen

Syed Tayyab Agha objected to the way in which Mullah Omar’s successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, was chosen

The swift announcement that Omar’s long time deputy, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, would be the new leader has riled many senior figures angry about the implication that Mansoor covered up Omar’s death for more than two years.

On Tuesday, Taliban official Syed Mohammad Tayab Agha announced he was stepping down as director of the Political Office in the Qatari capital Doha, originally set up to enable the Taliban to negotiate in any peace process.

Agha said he considered the decision to conceal Omar’s death — generally attributed to Mansoor — a “historic mistake by the individuals concerned”. Read More


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