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AAN in the Media

Mullah Mansoor’s rise to the Taliban leadership

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Deutsche Welle, 31 July 2015

German foreign radio quotes from an interview with AAN’s Thomas Ruttig, on the new Taleban leader Mullah Mansur and the future of peace talks:

“He will not have the same unifying power as Mullah Omar had. He is not a founding member of the group,” Thomas Rüttig [sic], co-director and co-founder of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, told DW. (…)

R[u]ttig 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 R[u]ttig. “In this context, there is a danger of a split.”