Afghanistan Analysts Network – English

AAN in the Media

Taliban’s New Leader, More Scholar Than Fighter, Is Slow to Impose Himself

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New York Times, 11 July 2016

The Times quotes AAN’s Borhan Osman in a portrait of new Taleban leader H(a)ibatullah Akhundzada:

“Mawlawi Haibatullah’s area of influence is with the mullahs and the religious leaders, not the management and the commanders,” said Borhan Osman, a researcher with the Afghanistan Analysts Network who has written extensively about the Taliban.

How Mawlawi Haibatullah fares will depend on the space he can carve with the dozen influential members of the senior council, or shura, who “call the shots,” Mr. Osman said. “I don’t think he will be left to his own ideals — maybe to express, but not to enforce.”