A major scuffle erupted last week inside Kabul’s presidential palace days after the country’s interim government announced internal clashes over who deserves the US withdrawal and how positions of power have come to be. been distributed, according to a report.
The BBC report on Wednesday, citing senior Taliban officials, said the fight was between two factions who wanted to take credit for defeating the United States.
Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, deputy prime minister of the Taliban, and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, top leader of the Haqqani network, “exchanged strong words as their supporters scuffled nearby,” the BBC reported.
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Baradar’s position is that diplomacy in Qatar won while the notorious Haqqqani network insists that victory was achieved through their relentless will to fight.
Baradar has not been seen in public and there are rumors that he may have been killed. The Taliban have denied the brawl ever took place and released an unverified video claiming Baradar was alive and well.
After the Western troops withdrew and the Taliban’s sudden return to power last month, the United States and its allies have used money, potential reconnaissance and isolation warnings to prevent them from repeating their years of repressive rule. 1990. At this time, the Taliban imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, including severe restrictions on women and minorities.
The Taliban have been trying to position themselves as a moderate group since taking control of Kabul after a widely criticized American departure. But critics say they haven’t done much to instill confidence in Western countries after installing what Senator Lindsey Graham has called a “line of thugs and butchers.”
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The incident, if true, would be an embarrassment to the group determined to show stability.
The Associated Press contributed to this report