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Mullah Mansoor’s rise to the Taliban leadership

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Deutsche Welle, 31 July 2015

In an article about the new Taleban leader Mullah Mansur, AAN’s Thomas Ruttig is quoted:

Mansoor, on the other hand, is famous for his pro-peace stance, but lacks Omar’s aura and is less attractive for the younger Taliban crop.

“He will not have the same unifying power as Mullah Omar had. But he also has a reputation as a long-standing, if not founding member”, says Thomas Ruttig, co-director and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, told DW. (…)

Ruttig said he thinks some strong Taliban groups supported by Pakistan will now aim to dominate peace talks in order to get a share in government. “These are Mansoor’s main opponents,” said Ruttig. “In this context, there is a danger of a split.”