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HUGE: Mullah Nangyalai, who was killed in a U.S airstrike along with several civilians was in fact a U.S ally, leading a militia group splintered after a rift with the mainstream Taliban. The group enjoyed CIA-backing according to the @WSJ reporting. (1/n)
The CIA was convinced by the NDS to provide support for this program to help crush Taliban in western #Afghanistan with intel & military skills of the splinter faction led by Mullah Rasool. In return the faction will receive cash, weapons & amnesty. (2/n)
Taliban attacks & assassination devasted the group, loosing part of their leadership & made them flee some of their strongholds in #Herat, #Paktika & #Zabul. Several times they had to call for airstrikes, support from Afghan commandos to rescue them from Taliban onslaughts. (3/n)
U.S-led @ResoluteSupport @NicholasK111 is well aware, but they don’t wanna know about the militias mess. Makes me question who ordered the airstrike(s) against the group, which is actually being backed by the CIA, through the NDS. Below rescue of Mullah Nangyalai (4/n)
This faction is entrenched with other government-led militias, also in previous tweet. Question now “friends” or foes”? There must be more behind this story. Why was he droned? Did NDS know about the strikes? Are they still NDS & CIA backed? Did they rejoin the Taliban? (5/n)
Mullah Nangyalai was once rescued by Afghan Special Forces along with NDS Units from a Taliban attack against his group with another militia. They barely escaped the heavy assault, but still managed to reach an ANDSF outpost. (6/n)
Here is the whole @WSJ story: wsj.com/articles/in-af…
Thanks to @jessdonati & @HabibKhanT for their extraordinary reporting.
Since U.S carried out the strike, there might be a rift within a rift (within the group). The group might have also become suspicious of their backers & probably now looking to rejoin a Taliban, who feel emboldened by their success against other outfite such as ISKP & IMU. (7/n)
Developing: While i was at it, here is the official funeral in #Herat & billboards eulogizing Mullah Nangyalai & fellow fighters. (8/n)
More details from a trustworthy source. Billboard & image of the burial. A source within the group says that this is some kind of intelligence plot against them & accused warlord Ismail Khan having a hand in it, outlined that they never acted against NDS/the government. (9/n)
They even gave a long & detailed explanation, who they suspect behind the murder and reasons why this happened now, wiping out part of their core leadership. (10/n)
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