World Taliban leaders had a massive brawl after disagreeing over which of them did the most to boot the US out of Afghanistan, report says
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- Two factions in the Taliban leadership fought each other late last week, the BBC said.
- They disagreed over who did the most to kick out the US, and who should get certain cabinet jobs.
- The leader of one side, Taliban cofounder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, hasn't been seen since.
Top members of the Taliban had a massive brawl after falling out over who did the most to secure victory in Afghanistan,, citing senior officials of the militant group.
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The fight between two factions in the Taliban leadership took place inside the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul late last week and came after a debate over who had most to drive the US military out of their country, the BBC reported.
The parties also clashed over who should get which cabinet roles in their new government, the BBC reported.
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Leading one side of the fight was Taliban cofounder and interim deputy prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the BBC said, while the other was led by Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, the minister for refugees.
Taliban sources told the BBC that the argument broke out because Baradar was unhappy about the makeup of the interim government.
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The Taliban blitz exposes the failure of the 20-year Afghanistan war and portends terrorism threats, say former defense secretaries Panetta and Hagel.Afghan security forces, trained and equipped at the cost of $83 billion, wilted before Taliban fighters. With few exceptions, the Taliban rolled through provincial capitals without a fight despite a force of Afghan troops that was supposed to number more than 300,000. In reality, there were far fewer Afghan forces because of desertions and commanders who reportedly pocketed the pay of ghost soldiers they had kept on rolls. For those who remained and fought, there wasn't enough ammunition and food, to say nothing of pay.
Baradar had also argued that diplomatic efforts to take over Afghanistan, such as those carried out by himself, were more effective than the use of military force, the BBC reported. Haqqani and his followers disagreed, the report said.
The Taliban deny the fight took place, according to the BBC.
Reports of the melee comes as rumors swirl around Baradar's condition,Taliban sources told the BBC that Baradar left Kabul for the city of Kandahar following the fight.
On Monday, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheenthat Baradar had been killed in a fight were untrue.
According to the BBC, a Taliban spokesman said that Baradar had traveled to Kandahar to meet Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Taliban's reclusive supreme leader. However, a Taliban spokesman later told BBC Pashto that Baradar was "tired and wanted some rest."
Akhundzada also hasn't been seen in public since August 15,.
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"When it comes to experience, maturity, vision, there is a huge difference between us in comparison to 20 years ago," a Taliban spokesman said.“Our nation is a Muslim nation, whether 20 years ago or now," Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said in his first news conference after the militants took control of the country on Tuesday, according to a translation by Al Jazeera. "But when it comes to experience, maturity, vision, there is a huge difference between us in comparison to 20 years ago.