Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Taliban replaces leader killed in U.S. drone strike

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Washington Post, 25 May 2016

Short quotes of AAN’s Thomas Ruttig:

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Afghanistan Analysts Network in Kabul, said that although Akhundzada is known to be a hard-line cleric, he eventually may be more willing to reopen peace talks — an idea that Mansour had opposed.

“At the same time, the Taliban may feel it needs to project strength” after the drone strike that killed Mansour, Ruttig said.