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Taliban Rifts Leave Peace Process in Doubt

There have long been rumors of rifts among the Afghan Taliban. But the death of Mullah Omar, the Taliban’s reclusive chief, has made those divisions public. Mullah Mansoor had hardly settled into his job as the Taliban’s new chief when Mullah Abdul Manan, a brother of Mullah Omar, voiced opposition to Mansoor’s appointment. Along with Mullah Omar’s family, close aides of the late Taliban leader have contested Mansoor’s succession, as has Mullah Tayyab Agha, who headed the Taliban...

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