Kabul, Reuters/AP-In his first public message released on Saturday Afghanistan’s new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour appealed for unity amid reports his predecessor’s family members opposed his selection.
Mansour, a former Taliban transportation minister and longtime top aide to Omar, was said to be close to Pakistan, to support the talks and to espouse a moderate and modernizing vision for the Taliban as a political force.
“We should keep our unity, we must be united, our enemy will be happy in our separation”, Mansoor purportedly said in the message.
It also said that the Taliban would “continue our jihad until we bring an Islamic rule in the country”.
Long-time Taliban leader Mullah Omar founded the Taliban in 1994.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Lu Kang said: “It is in the common interests of all Afghan people and parties and conducive to regional peace and stability”. It stated Haqqani backed Mansoor because the Taliban’s chief.
Mansoor’s emphasis on maintaining unity in the Taliban ranks gives credence to reports that his appointment has caused rifts in the Islamic insurgent group. “It is only a matter of time when Taliban will confirm the news as they did in the case of Mullah Omar“, Rahimullah Yusufzai, a Peshawar-based expert, told Anadolu Agency. Reports indicate that many senior Taliban commanders are not satisfied with the new “Supreme Leader”.
“I think we are seeing the demise of the Taliban”, said Haroon Mir, an analyst in Kabul.
Al Maqdisi who is the world’s foremost jihadist theorist and highly respected by Jihadists around the world with exception of his sworn nemesis the ” Islamic State” or ISIS, had explained to me the theological foundation as to why Bin Laden’s attack on September 11 were wrong, unjustified and unnecessary. The news comes a day after the Afghan Taliban confirmed the death of their elusive, supreme commander Mullah Omar, who is said to have died two years ago.
He said the status of the Taliban leadership is of little outcome because decisions are made by others. The rival Islamic extremist group, which already controls a few third of Syria and Iraq with associates in Egypt and Libya, has established a small foothold in Afghanistan and is actively recruiting disillusioned Taliban fighters.
Formed 30 years ago to counter the Soviet invasion in the 80s, the Haqqani network is militarily the most capable and most risky of the Taliban factions.
But as the weekend of scheduled peace talks in a hilltop resort near Islamabad came and went, developments in Afghanistan seemed to point increasingly away from the path of negotiation, with Taliban forces aggressively attacking scattered targets across the country following U.S. and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation combat troop withdrawals at the end of last year, and the new Taliban leader openly calling for their armed campaign to continue. Walden says that core dissent would be devastating to the promising peace talks now on hold in Afghanistan.
A statement by ARG Palace said the monitoring by the Afghan government includes supervision of the two group’s recent meetings.
The Haqqani Network is considered one of the country’s most vicious militant organizations, responsible for complex and well-planned attacks that often involve large numbers of suicide bombers and produce heavy casualties. “This is an attempt to show to the common Taliban fighter that a legendary commander like Haqqani backs Mullah Mansoor”, he said.