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Taliban reshuffled

The Economist - ‎20 hours ago‎
FOR the second time in under a year, senior men from the Afghan Taliban have descended on Quetta, capital of Balochistan, the largest but least populated of Pakistan's four provinces, to elect a new supreme leader.
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Iran Denies Ties to Slain 'Terrorist' Taliban Leader

Voice of America - ‎13 hours ago‎
An Iranian diplomat has rejected allegations Tehran had close ties and had been covertly working with Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansoor, who was killed in a U.S.

Leaks and laziness led US to Taliban chief

The Times (subscription) - ‎6 hours ago‎
At the dusty border town of Taftan a white Toyota Corolla crossed into Pakistan from Iran. Inside were a bearded, thick-set Pashtun man going by the name of Wali Muhammad and his driver.
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Exclusive: Iran Teams With Taliban to Fight Islamic State in…

Foreign Policy (blog) - ‎May 26, 2016‎
But Iran now believes that the Taliban pose much less of a threat than the Islamic State, whose expanding affiliate in Afghanistan is thought by U.S.

SitRep: Exclusive: Iran Arms Taliban, Chinese Drone on …

Foreign Policy - ‎17 hours ago‎
Western officials, speaking anonymously, told FP that Tehran is providing Taliban forces along its border with money and small amounts of relatively low-grade weaponry like machine guns, ammunition, and rocket-propelled grenades.

Taliban Says Ex-Leader Often Visited United Arab Emirates, Iran

Bloomberg - ‎May 26, 2016‎
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, who was killed in a U.S. drone strike on Saturday, used a Pakistani passport to visit the United Arab Emirates, Zabihullah Mujahed, the Taliban's main spokesman, said by phone. Mansour had been on a United Nations ...
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Mullah Mansour death: Taliban may face fresh leadership crisis

BBC News - ‎May 22, 2016‎
The death of the Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, would be a serious blow for the insurgent group. It would not automatically mean the end of fighting in Afghanistan, but it would open a new chapter in the history of the group, which is ...

Our action on domestic violence is like throwing popcorn at the Taliban

The Guardian - ‎May 26, 2016‎
These are all great things but they are like throwing popcorn at the Taliban. It is action in a disabling disguise, and it is allowing us to continue a national deceit.
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Kabul suicide bombing: Taliban attack kills eleven in Afghan capital during morning rush hour

The Independent - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Eleven people were killed when a Taliban suicide bomber targeted rush hour traffic in Kabul today, including a bus full of judiciary department employees.

SHEIKH Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada. —Reuters - ‎May 25, 2016‎
In a two-page Pushto-language communiqué released to the media, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid conceded that Mansour had been killed in a drone strike by the “American tyrant” somewhere “between the border region of deserts of Kandahar and ...

GhostSec: A conversation with the hacker who took down Taliban websites

Firstpost - ‎May 26, 2016‎
This interview was conducted via a DM chat with the hacker who claimed to have brought down the Taliban website. Security blog Security Affair confirmed the takedown.

Taliban Military Operations Unaffected by Leadership Change

Sputnik International - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The Taliban are also going to be less likely to engage in peace talks, Jones argued, if the US military adheres to President Barack Obama's plan to draw down troops to 5,500 by January, 2017, a level that will make it difficult to do anything besides ...

Has Iran sold Afghan Taliban's leader to US

Al-Arabiya - ‎May 25, 2016‎
It seems that the nuclear agreement between Iran and the international community has secret items as analysts believe, and the allies of Tehran or those on a secret relationship with it are paying the price.
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Nehru stopped India from becoming Hindu Taliban country: MP IAS officer's praise lands him in trouble

The Indian Express - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Nehru stopped India from becoming Hindu Taliban country: MP IAS officer's praise lands him in trouble. He lauded Nehru for promoting scientific temperament and for choosing Vikram Sarabhai and Homi J Bhabha over “intellectuals like Baba Ramdev and ...
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Afghanistan Claims Taliban's 'Shadow Governor' In Helmand Killed

RadioFreeEurope/RadioLiberty - ‎May 24, 2016‎
Afghan authorities say security forces have killed a senior Taliban commander they identified as the "shadow governor" of the southern province of Helmand.
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Take the Gloves Off Against the Taliban

Wall Street Journal - ‎May 20, 2016‎
The rules of engagement mean that the indigenous Afghan and Pakistani Taliban generally get a pass. Yet it was the Taliban that allowed al Qaeda the sanctuary in Afghanistan in which the 9/11 attacks were planned, and which presumably would make the ...
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Your Wednesday Evening Briefing: Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Taliban

New York Times - ‎May 25, 2016‎
Senior Taliban figures appointed a low-profile deputy of the leader killed in a U.S. drone strike to take overall command. But their choice, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada, above, has far more religious credentials than military experience.
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Obama Hopes Taliban Comes to Negotiating Table, But Not His Holding Breath

Sputnik International - ‎May 26, 2016‎
“My hope, although not my expectation, is that there comes a point at which the Taliban recognizes that they are not going to simply be able to overrun the country and what they need to be doing is to enter into serious reconciliation talks that are ...
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'Serious steps' against Taliban on Afghan talks agenda - ‎May 17, 2016‎
Action against the Taliban will be part of the agenda during the fifth round of Afghanistan peace talks that will take place in Pakistan on Wednesday, high-level Afghan sources say.

Taliban leader death: Drone attack detrimental to ties, says Pakistan

The Hindu - ‎May 25, 2016‎
The U.S. drone attack on Pakistan's soil to kill Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mansour is detrimental to bilateral ties, Pakistan army chief General Raheel Sharif said on Wednesday.