Taliban’s leaders come to blows over power sharing

Mulla Abdul Taliban leader, signing the Doha agreement withdrawal from US [photo:BBC]

Supporters of two rival factions reportedly came to blows at the presidential palace in the Afghanistan’s capital Kabul

This appeared to originate on who overworked over the US, and how power was shared in the states ministries.

The Taliban have since denied the reports.

The group seized control of Afghanistan last month, and have since declared the country an “Islamic Emirate”. Their new interim cabinet is entirely male and made up of senior Taliban figures, some of whom are notorious for attacks on US forces over the past two decades.

The dispute came to light after a Taliban co-founder, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, disappeared from view for several days.

One Taliban source told BBC Pashto that Mr Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani – the minister for refugees and a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network – had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby.

A senior Taliban member based in Qatar and a person connected to those involved also confirmed that an argument had taken place late last week.

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