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AAN in the Media

New Taliban leader moves fast to heal split in Afghan insurgency

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Daily Times, 6 August 2015

In what it calls a “staff report”, the Pakistani daily quotes from an AAN dispatch by Thomas Ruttig and, without direct citation, from one by Borhan Osman:

Experts believe it would be premature to read too much into those comments. “If he’s playing to his own audience and trying to consolidate his position, it wouldn’t make much sense to make announcements about seeking peace at the moment, as the peace talks issue is a make-or-break point within the Taliban,” said Afghanistan Analysts Network Co-director Thomas Ruttig in Kabul.

With a touch of diplomacy, Mansour added: “We have to be patient and tolerant and bow our heads before other colleagues and then we will succeed. We should not impose our wishes on others.”