Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Taliban leader Mullah Omar is dead, says Afghan government

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The Guardian, 29 July 2015

AAN’s Borhan Osman is quoted here on the – then still unconfirmed – reports of Mullah Omar’s death:

“The movement has been vulnerable to fractures and this tendency would accelerate,” said Borhan Osman, a Kabul-based analyst with expertise in the Taliban who said that he was still hesitant to believe the reports. “It could undermine the unity in major decisions like going to peace talks. If there are some elements in the higher echelons of the Taliban who are trying to form an opposition, rather than just talking about it, they could easily act on it.”