A new wave of terror attacks in Kabul have fuelled fears that reconciliation talks will collapseby Andrew Hammond / August 11, 2015 / Leave a comment
Afghan President Ashraf Ghani has ramped up security in the country’s capital Kabul following the most deadly wave of attacks in years which took place last Friday and over the weekend, and was followed on Monday by a car bomb explosion at the airport. The Taliban offensive, which killed scores of people, including a US soldier, and injured hundreds more, has prompted Ghani to convene emergency meetings of the Afghan National Security Council.
The attacks, which came around a week after the apparent confirmation of the death of the Taliban leader Mullah Omar, may well have been triggered by infighting within the terrorist group following disagreements over the anointment of their new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, and anger over the apparent cover-up of Omar’s death some two years ago. There have been disagreements within the Taliban in recent days between supporters and opponents of Mansoor, and the upsurge in violence in Kabul may well, at least partially, reflect this succession struggle.
Mansoor had, in effect, been Omar’s deputy for several years, which some presumed should have made his elevation widely accepted within the Taliban. However, disputes now fester over the cover-up of the death, the pace with which Mansoor was appointed, and the fact that the decision to declare him Omar’s successor was made by a tiny inner circle, rather than by a wider group.