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Thread: summary of @lynnekodonnell's report on "Taliban Leadership in Disarray" for @ForeignPolicy:

- analysts say that the #Taliban, the #Haqqani network, the ISKP, & other terrorist groups operating in #Afghanistan have cross-pollinated & cannot be regarded as separate. 1/
- #Taliban leaders, incl Haibatullah Akhundzada & Siraj Haqqani, have been infected with #covid19, seeking treatment. (Some of them treated in Pakistani military hospitals.) 2/
- Mullah Yaqub, Mullah Omar's son, seeking leadership of the group, appointed as Chief of Ops (for 28 provinces now), also said to be controlling more than 1.7 B$ in funds, rivals late father’s close aid, Gul Agha Ishaqzai. The two are from rival tribes. 3/
- Yaqub is well connected with Saudis (which supports the peace deal). Riyadh funnels money to Yaqub
- Taliban hard-liners have cited the Feb. 29 agreement with the United States as a victory over Afghanistan’s “occupiers.” 4/
- Senior AFG officials: Taliban were “preparing for outright war” once US forces are fully drawdown.
- Yaqoob uses his military power to move into regions w/lucrative incomes streams in illicit mining, drugs, taxation of roads, freight companies, & other biz interests. 5/End
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