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    New Taliban Leader: In the Shadow of the Mullah Omar

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    The successor of the late Mullah Omar, himself the founding father of the Taliban and one of the most wanted criminals on the US’ terrorist list, new Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is facing mutiny within his own ranks.

    According to knowledgeable sources, senior Taliban figures walked out of a leadership-focused meeting in protest, refusing to acknowledge Mansour’s authority. This comes as Islamic State is steadily expanding its reach across Afghanistan, and notably after the US-led coalition drastically reduced its military contingent at the end of last year.

    The future of the Taliban, once regarded to be a given, now appears to be questionable. Since he’ll either be the man to hold the movement together or the one to tear it apart, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is the man in the news in Afghanistan.

    Fyodor Voilolovsky, Deputy Director, Institute of World Economy and International Relations(studio guest); Veronika Eschbacher, international observer and writer for Wiener Zeitung(Vienna) and Tayyab Baloch, multimedia journalist from Pakistan working for Abb Takk TV and founder of TheSilkPost commented on the issue.

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