Major Taliban row in Presidential palace, sources say

Major Taliban row in Presidential palace, sources say
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar signed the Doha agreement on the withdrawal of US troops on behalf of the Taliban. Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: A major row broke out between Taliban leaders over the formation of the group’s new government in Afghanistan.

BBC reported cited senior Taliban officials that the argument between the Taliban’s co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar and a cabinet member happened at the presidential palace.

There have been unconfirmed reports of disagreements within the group’s leadership since Mr Baradar disappeared from public view in recent days.

Taliban officially denied any row or disagreements within its leadership.

Last month, the Islamist militant group seized control of Afghanistan, and have since declared the country an “Islamic Emirate”.

Their new interim government ministers are all male and made up of senior Taliban figures, some of whom are notorious for attacks on US military over the last 20 years.

Mr Baradar and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani – a prominent figure within the militant Haqqani network and the minister for refugees – had exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby, according to BBC.

A Qatar-based senior Taliban member also confirmed that an argument had taken place late last week.

The sources said the disagreement had broken out because Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, who is the new deputy prime minister of Afghanistan, was unhappy about the structure of their interim government.

It has been said that the disagreement stemmed from divisions over who in the Taliban should take credit for their victory in Afghanistan.

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