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Afghanistan: assassination of al-Qaida chief reveals tensions at the top of the Taliban

By Michele Groppi, Teaching Fellow in Challenges to the International Order, Defence Studies Department, King's College London
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The killing of the al-Qaida leader, Ayman al-Zawahiri, in Kabul by a US drone strike on July 31 raises some crucial questions. It appears the ruling Taliban were aware of, and gave their blessing to, al-Zawahiri staying in one of the residential areas in Kabul. But did someone in their hierarchy turn him in to the US – and if so, who and why?

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