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The Cable situation report 6 August

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Foreign Policy (blog), 6 August 2015

In The Cable, a FP blog, Borhan Osman’s dispatch on the Murree talks is summarised:

Borhan Osman of the Afghan Analysts Network has a fascinating look at some of the intra-Taliban politics behind the resignation of Syed Tayyeb Agha, the leader of the group’s political office in Qatar. According to Osman, the Pakistani government began leaning hard on members of the Taliban’s leadership back in March, telling them to negotiate with the Afghan government or face unspecified “consequences.” As a result, some members of the Taliban fled to Iran —  which has taken a more forgiving attitude towards the Taliban as the Islamic State has inroads in the region — in order to resist the pressure. Mullah Omar’s successor, Akhtar Mansur, is apparently seen as a proxy by Syed Tayyeb Agha and others in the movement as an instrument of Pakistan’s pressure to negotiate with the Afgan government.