Friday, October 15, 2021

Taliban rejects claim of killing of top leader and group co-founder

The Taliban on Tuesday denounced claims that one of its top leaders, who is also a co-founder of the designated terrorist group, was killed during clashes with resistance forces.

Rumors recently spread about the disappearance of a top leader, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who has not been seen in public since the Taliban’s swift takeover of the war-torn nation and its Western-backed government.

Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen denied rumors that he was killed in a Statement On Twitter, Baradar issued a voice message to refute all those claims.

“In a voice message [Baradar] rejected all claims that he was injured or killed in a conflict,” said Shaheen, the Taliban co-founder telling him the rumors are “false and completely baseless.”

These rumors were refuted by rumors that Baradar’s supporters had clashed with Sirajuddin Haqqani, the head of the Haqqani network, which is located near the border with Pakistan and was blamed for some of the worst suicide attacks of the war. .

The rumors also follow speculation over a possible rivalry between military commanders such as Haqqani and political office leaders in Doha such as Baradar, who led diplomatic efforts to reach a settlement with the United States.

Baradar held positions at an executive level during Taliban rule from 1996 to 2001 and was named second-in-command after the Taliban announced a new government for Afghanistan earlier this month. .

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Taliban deputy leader and negotiator Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, and other delegation members attend the Afghan peace conference on March 18, 2021 in Moscow, Russia.

Baradar was one of the original founders of the Taliban, which was designated as a terrorist group by some federal agencies in the early 1990s. He fled to Pakistan when the United States invaded Afghanistan after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001.

Years later, Baradar was captured by Pakistani forces in Karachi and later released from prison in 2018, when his release was requested so that Baradar could lead peace talks.

Meanwhile, the group’s supreme leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, has also not been seen in public since the group seized control of Kabul last month, although he issued a public statement at the time of the new government’s announcement.

Speculation over Taliban leaders has been fed by the circumstances surrounding the death of the movement’s founder, Mullah Omar, which was made public only two years later in 2015, setting off bitter recriminations among the leadership.

Jack Phillips and Reuters contributed to this report.

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