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August 31, 2015, 08:03:22 PM
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Admission, which comes in biography of new chief, reveals that Taliban wanted to keep death quiet until foreign forces had ended military operations

The Taliban concealed the “depressing news” of the death of its former leader Mullah Omar for more than two years because the movement was in the final stages of its fight against US-led forces, a detailed biography of the group’s new chief has revealed.

Until the news leaked last month, the death of the Taliban’s founder on 23 April 2013 was kept a secret “limited to the very few colleagues who were informed of this incorrigible loss”, according to the long statement published on the movement’s website on Monday.

The scheduled end of the Nato combat mission in 2014 meant the Taliban had no choice but to cover up the death of a leader whose legendary status and claim to be the “commander of the faithful” was critical to holding together Islamist fighters during the onslaught from foreign forces.

“One of the main reasons behind this decision was due to the fact that 2013 was considered the final year of power testing between the mujahideen and foreign invaders,” said the statement, which was published in several languages including English.

Read more: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/aug/31/taliban-admit-covering-death-leader-mullah-omar-two-years

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September 01, 2015, 01:50:19 PM
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This news does not surprise me at all.
The Taliban are a large and diverse group and only Mullah Omar, with his authority, could keep them together.
Now, from multiple sources is reported that there has been a split in their ranks and the struggle for power.
The Taliban will probably fall apart in several fractions, and lose its former significance and impact.
Unfortunately, they will still have the capacity for terrorist attacks and to destabilize Afghanistan.


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