Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Mullah Akhtar moving aggressively in Afghanistan

Mullah Akhtar moving aggressively in Afghanistan: NYT

Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour, who assumed leadership of the Taliban this summer, has sent hundreds of fighters on motorcycles in the past two weeks to Zabul Province to battle forces loyal to Mullah Mansour Dadullah, who has publicly refused to pledge allegiance to the new leader, the officials said.
The two factions have since been fighting with no clear conclusion in sight.
The latest skirmish on Saturday, which lasted for an hour and involved heavy weapons, left at least five people dead on each side, Ghulam Jilani Farahi, the province's security chief, said on Sunday.
Ten of Mullah Mansour's men were detained by Mullah Dadullah's forces, a member of the Taliban in Zabul said on condition of anonymity, fearing reprisals for sharing details of the group's infighting.

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