1) Ali M Latifi, “How deep are divisions among the Taliban? Sources tell Al Jazeera the discord is very real and if disharmony grows, it will spell trouble for the people, Al Jazeera, September 23, 2021.
The real power, said the sources, lies among a secretive shura (the advisory body) in Kandahar, where the group claims their current chief, Hibutallah Akhunzada, is based. This circle is seen as the real decision-makers in Afghanistan going forward.
“The government doesn’t have the power,” said the reporter.
The more we learn about the divisions among the Taliban and their iability to exercise real control over their military commanders and regional leaders, the deeper the abyss appears to be caused by President Joe Buden’s reckless and catastrophic decision to withdraw all American and allied troops from Afghanistan, without conditions.
This is a catastrophic development which, like a broken egg, cannot be put back together again.
It is likely to cost Democrats control of the Congress, and any chances they might have had to win the 2024 presidential election.
The Trenchant Observer