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Monday, March 19, 2018

The elimination of the leader of the Taliban as an “offer” to the Taliban to revise the strategy in Afghanistan

High-level representatives of the Islamist Taliban (not a terrorist group – “MK”) confirmed to the Associated Press information about the destruction of their leader, Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, also known as Mullah Mansour. According to reports, the head of the group was killed in the night from 20 to 21 may on the Afghan-Pakistani border strike from an American drone. How will affect the activities of the Taliban the death of their leader, “MK” told the expert of the Center of studying of modern Afghanistan Andrey SERENKO.

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“The death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour strengthen internal conflicts and de-facto existing split in the Taliban. The fragmentation of this movement will continue and will be used in Kabul and its Western allies to force certain factions of the Taliban to the world, – the expert believes. – You should also expect a worsening of the rivalry between the Taliban and the “Islamic state” (banned in Russia as a terrorist group – “MK”) in Afghanistan. Elimination of Mullah Mansur is important in the eve of the NATO summit in Warsaw, where will be confirmed at the highest level intention of the Alliance to support the administration of President Ashraf Ghani. The signal was filed on may 19-20 at the meeting of NATO foreign Ministers in Brussels.”

Elimination of Mullah Mansur was a response to the unconstructive behavior of the leadership of the Taliban during the four-party peace talks involving the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan and China, also said Andrey Serenko. “First, the Taliban refused to continue talks, then announced a spring offensive in which he tried to capture Kunduz and the number of key districts in southern, Central and Northern parts of the country. The Taliban have also carried out a major terrorist attack in Kabul which claimed numerous victims. It is obvious that Mullah Mansur chose the tactics continue the war against Kabul and therefore ceased to arouse interest as a partner in negotiations. In this sense, the elimination of Mullah Mansur should be seen not only as an offer to the Taliban, and behind them Pakistani intelligence agencies to revise their strategy in Afghanistan, but also to change the composition of the Taliban leadership. Moreover, their proposals on the issue of staff turnover, the U.S. side has already made”, – concluded the expert.

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