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Taliban chief replaces 16 shadow governors

Taliban chief replaces 16 shadow governors

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Jan 28, 2017 - 08:44

PESHAWAR (Pajhwok): The Talibaninfo-icon’s supreme leader has replaced shadow governors in 16 provinces of Afghanistaninfo-icon, an international news agency reported on Saturday.

According to the UK-headquartered news agency Reuters, Mullahinfo-icon Haibatullah Akhundzada’s move is aimed at strengthening his grip on the militant movement.

An unnamed senior Taliban figure and former minister was quoted as saying that Haibatullah was apparently moving cautiously to assert his position.

Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid and two other rebel leaders based in Qatar and Afghanistan confirmed the changes. Alladin Agha, who formerly supervised training camps, has been chosen director of weapons funding and support.

But the Taliban’s leadership council in southern Helmand province remains unchanged. Haibatullah is said to be at odds with Helmand’s shadow governor Manan Akhund.

Appointing Baz Mohammad -- part of a splinter group that revolted against Mullah Mansour in 2015 -- as shadow governor for Maidan Wardak province was called a success for the Taliban leader.

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