Omar’s son, brother inducted into Taliban leadership council
KABUL (Pajhwok): The Taliban have announced giving Mullah Mohammad Omar’s elder son the command of the insurgency in 15 provinces of Afghanistan, a move that will boost the position of the militant movement’s supreme leader.
The death of Omar, who served as Taliban’s supreme commander and spiritual leader for nearly two decades, led to divisions within the insurgent group, as senior leaders differed over the appointment of his successor.
Omar’s sonMullah Mohammad Yaqoob, who had previously refused pledging allegiance to Mullah Mansoor, has also been included in the leadership council, the movement’s powerful decision-making, a statement from the Taliban said on Monday.
Mullah Abdul Manan, brother of the Taliban’s longtime supreme leader, has also been inducted into the council, called Rahbari Shura. The decision is expected to consolidate Mansoor’s control ahead of the Taliban’s spring offensive.
Yaqoob and Manan were reportedly convinced by senior insurgent leaders and religious scholars to settle their rifts with Mansoor and take up the positions they have been offered. Last week, senior dissident Mullah Zakir also recognised Mansoor as Taliban leader.
"Yaqoob and Manan have accepted their new responsibilities and began their work from Monday," Taliban spokesman Qari Yousaf Ahmadi was quoted as saying by international media outlets.
Omar’s son would head the Taliban’s military commission, which is led by Mullah Ibrahim Sadr, in 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces. Yaqoob and his uncle assumed their offices at a meeting of senior rebel commanders.
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