Saturday, 9 April 2016

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive

Afghan Taliban chief consolidates power before annual offensive
Mansour was declared Taliban leader last summer after the announcement of long-term chief Mullah Omar's death, but many top commanders refused to pledge their loyalty alleging that he rigged the hastily organised selection process.
Despite the infighting, the group saw a new resurgence under the firebrand supremo last year with striking military victories. Analysts predict that this year's offensive, expected to start this month, will be on a bigger scale.

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