‘If the Kabul administration wants to end the war and establish peace in the country, it is possible by revoking all military and security treaties with the invaders,’ Mansour said in the message.
Pakistan’s military spokesman pointedly noted that communications intercepts showed the Pakistani Taliban gunmen were being directed by handlers in Afghanistan.
It didn’t create the Taliban. The elected government of Pakistan did
The attack triggered an hours-long firefight at the base and the Pakistani forces said they killed 13 of the attackers, though it was unclear how many were involved in the assault.
A statement posted on the Taliban’s website said that Mullah Omar’s brother, Mullah Abdul Manan, and eldest son, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub, declared their support for Mansour’s leadership in a gathering of senior Taliban officials.
It was the first confirmed report of deadly Taliban infighting after an announcement last month that Mullah Omar had been dead for more than two years.
The guards have been tasked to protect the 18-year-old rights activist because spy chiefs warn that threats against her have been growing, The Sun reported.
Sultan Faizy, who is Dostum’s spokesman, says the ambush happened on Friday afternoon in northern Faryab province as the convoy was driving through Qaysar district.
Zawahiri pledged to Mullah Akhtar Mansour to ‘implement sharia law’ and to continue ‘jihad until every part of occupied Muslim land is free.’
The attack on the army-run school in Peshawar, in which nearly all the victims were schoolchildren, shocked Pakistanis and led the country to lift a moratorium on executions in place since 2008.
The video, apparently shot in Afghanistan’s restive east against the backdrop of hilly grasslands describes the prisoners as “apostates” aligned with the Taliban or the Afghan govt.
The well-choreographed video was purportedly shot in an unknown location in Afghanistan amid fluttering IS flags and shows militants with black face masks digging up earth and placing explosives.
The statement is a sharp attack on Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansur, who was controversially picked to replace Mullah Omar after the organisation announced the jihadist leaders’ death last month.
Irek Hamidullin showed no expression as guilty verdicts were read on all 15 counts, including providing material support to terrorism, attempting to destroy U.S. aircraft and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction.
Underscoring the deepening internal divisions, Tayeb Agha stepped down as head of the Taliban’s political office, set up in Qatar in 2013 to facilitate peace talks, according to a statement.