After the death of the Taliban’s former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar, the Taliban split into two main factions – the first one led by Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour and the second led by Mullah Mohammad Rasoul.
TOLOnews reporter Sharif Amiri has assessed the issue in a special report.
According to him, Mullah Akhtar Mansour has two deputies – including Haibatullah Akhundzada and Sarajuddin Haqqani [If Sarajuddin Haqqani is Mansour’s #2, then the ISI is still running Afghan Taliban (SEE: The Bear Trap, Afghanistan’s Untold Story)], the leader of Haqqani network.
He said the Quetta Shura (Council) has 18 members, which has the responsibility of making Taliban’s strategies. The council is considered as the main factor behind the war in Afghanistan, Sharif said.
Based on him, another group which is led by Mullah Rasoul has focused more on Afghanistan.
Mullah Manan Niazi and Mullah Baz Mohammad Haris are his deputies, Sharif said in his report.
He added that he has found that Pakistan has little control over the Taliban faction led by Mullah Rasoul. The group led by Mullah Rasoul is more interested to join the peace process – compared to other factions of Taliban, he added.
In addition he said there are a number of key Taliban leaders in Qatar, including Abbas Stanikzai, head of the office, Mullah Jan Mohammad Madani, Mullah Shahabuddin Dilawar, Suhail Shahin, Mohammad Zahid Ahmadzai and Abdul Salam Hanafi.
According to him, the Qatar Taliban office has the responsibility of Taliban’s foreign policy. This office takes orders from Quetta Shura, the report said.
According to the report, there are five key members of Taliban – including Mullah Fazil Akhund, Mullah Khairullah Khairkhwah, Mullah Abdulhaq Wasiq, Mullah Noorullah Noori and Mullah Mohammad Nabi Omari.
Sharif said that the Taliban is not the only problem for Afghanistan; there are up to 5,000 foreign rebels, including Arab, Chechen and Uzbek fighters, fighting against security forces in Afghanistan.
It is believed that if the Taliban agrees to peace with the Afghan government, the groups will still pose a threat to the country’s security.