RFE/RL, 27 August 2020
AAN’s Obaid Ali is quoted in this piece, about the importance relations of current high-ranking Taleban officials had with late founder Mullah Omar for their current standing in the movement.
“Mullah Omar was a charismatic leader and there remains huge respect for him, his family, and even his close associates, many of whom have been promoted to influential positions,” said Obaid Ali, an expert on the insurgency at the Afghanistan Analysts Network, an independent think tank in Kabul.
Experts said Mullah Omar’s family also has the financial clout to buy loyalty. (…) “There is also no doubt that Mullah Omar’s family is very wealthy,” Ali said.
This article was last updated on 28 Aug 2020