Dissension in the Taliban Leadership Ranks – Music to My Ears
Strategy Page has a very interesting post on their site. The post, “Taliban Troubles Escalate” reports that there is a rift developing within the Taliban. Apparently there is also a problem with Taliban relations with Al-Qaeda.
Mullah Omar is at the center of a power struggle to regain control of Afghanistan. This is suspected to have led to some truces along the Pakistani border. While allowing the Taliban to focus on Afghanistan, this action goes against Al-Qaeda goals. Also, when Omar “sacked” Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, he further affected the rift between the Taliban and Al-Qaeda because of Mehsud’s ties to Al-Qaeda. As if that wasn’t problem enough, Mehsud’s followers won’t recognize Omar’s replacement. Mehsud is also wanted for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.
Still there is another wrinkle in the Taliban-A-Qaeda soap opera. Senior members of both are men hardened by the War with Russia. They fought for a “grander” cause. The younger members coming along seem to be caught up more in the monetary side of things. It seems the younger members are more concerned with the wealth to be made from the Afghanistan Heroin trade.
Isn’t it amazing how even the righteous can be swept away by greed or the almighty dollar??
This is just a brief review of the article. You can read the entire post at the link up top.