September 6, 2021,
News Reports say Baradar wounded in gunfight on Friday, September 3, currently receiving medical treatment in Pakistan
1) Meera Suresh, “Taliban Leader Baradar The Butcher Injured In Fighting With Haqqani Network In Kabul, Say Reports,” International Business Times, September 6, 2021 (3:25 AM).
2) ANI (Kabul), “Mullah Baradar, Haqqani fought over disagreement on Panjshir situation: Report; The incident took place over an alleged disagreement among the Taliban leaders on how to resolve the Panjshir situation,” Hindustan Times, September 5, 2021 (10:12 PM IST).
According to news reports, Mollah Baradar was wounded in a gunfight with the Haqqani network. The latter, led bu Anas Haqqani and supported by Pakistani military intelligence (ISI), reportedly insisted on retaking the Psnjshir Vallet by force, which was opposed by Baradar. The fact that the Panjshir valley was in fact taken by force suggests that, for the moment, the Haqqani network may be ahead in the struggle for power within the Taliban.
The fact that the head of the Pakistani ISI military intelligence bagency traveled to Kabul on Saturday lends credence to the above reports.
For an analysis of the three main factions within the Taliban, see,
1) “Afghanistan today, September 3, 2021: The Taliban government is forming, with no nods to Western wishful thinking,” The Trenchant Observer, September 3, 2021.
2) “The situation in Afghanistan today, August 30, 2021,” The Trenchant Observer, August 30,:2021.
This article contains excerpts from and analysis of outstanding article by Jacques Follorou of Le Mondeof factions within the Taliban.
1) Daniel Dylan Böhmer, “Da lacht der Taliban-Kämpfer und haut mir auf die Schulter,” Die Welt, den 6. September 2021 (08:26 Uhr CEST).
2) Siobhán O’Grady, Rachel Pannett, Haq Nawaz Khan and Ezzatullah Mehrdad, “Panjshir Valley, last resistance holdout in Afghanistan, falls to the Taliban Washington Post, September 6, 2021(1:28 p.m. EDT).
Die Zeit’s Senior editor Daniel Dylan Böhme reports from Kabul that the Taliban he is encountering seem to be relaxed and friendly, and good-humored. One cannot know how representative of the Taliban in Kabul his sample is, but at least his report provides ground for some limited, cautious hope.
in the article cited above,the Washington Post reports that Taliban leaders have announced that they will rehire Afghan army soldiers trained by the Americans, and integrate them with their own fighters into the national army.
Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in a statement that the Islamist group had “completely conquered” the Panjshir Meanwhile, at a news conference in Kabul, Mujahid said that Afghan troops who had been trained by Western governments in the past two decades would be asked to rejoin the country’s security forces alongside Taliban fighters. Some Afghan soldiers are among those who fled to Panjshir after the Taliban seized Kabul last month.
“The forces that were trained by the previous government
“The forces that were trained by the previous government must rejoin,” he said. “In the upcoming system, all the forces that were previously trained and are professional will be reintegrated with our forces, because our country needs a strong army.”
This development may also be viewed as a hopeful sign that the Taliban are seriously intent on fostering a process of reconciliation. Much, however, will depend on the competition for leadership among the different factions in the Taliban, beginning with the new government shortly to be announced in Kandahar, and as that competition develops over time.
The Trenchant Observer