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Afghan Taliban may split amid rifts over selection of new leader Mullah Mansoor

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Mullah Akhtar Mohammad MansourThe Afghan Taliban network may split amid deep rifts within senior commanders over the selection of new leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor.

Although, Taliban spokesman announced that the central committee announced Mullah Mansoor, the Deputy to Mullah Omar, to be the successor to the “Emir” but sources say there are deep differences within the senior commanders over the selection.

Reuters news agency sighting attendees of Wednesday’s leadership meeting of the Taliban in Quetta as saying that the meeting was not attended by all members of the Shura (Council).

One source has said that “Actually, it wasn’t a Taliban Leadership Council meeting. Mansoor had invited only members of his group to pave the way for his election.”

Another said that “And when Yaqoob and Manan noticed this, they left the meeting.”

Mullah Abdul Manan (Mullah Omar’s brother) and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub (Mullah Omar’s son) are those who oppose Mullah Mansour’s selection.

Mullah Muhammad Hassan Rahmani, Mullah Abdul Razzaq, Mullah Rauf, Mullah Muhammad Rasool, Mullah Abdul Qayum Zakir, Hafiz Majeed and Haji Baz Muhammad are reportedly among the other Taliban figures opposing the new selection that are in fever of naming Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, Mullah Omar’s son as their “Emir”.

Sources say the boycotting group is contacting other leaders to either remove Mullah Mansour from office or split and form another faction.

Analyzers believe that Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, the incumbent supreme leader of Taliban, who is in fever of peace with Afghan government, may join the reconciliation process but others resisting him may continue insurgency.

Although, the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar had been reportedly in the past but it was repeatedly rejected by Taliban spokesmen.

Last week when Afghanistan’s government announced that Mullah Omar no more exists, Taliban for the first time acknowledged it.

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