Conflicting reports as to the fate of Mullah Mansour, Afghan Taliban leader, have been making waves on the media. Afghan Taliban previously denied that Mullah Mansour was wounded in a dispute with senior leaders. Later, it was reported that the Afghan Taliban confirmed Mansour was severely injured. On the other hand, Sultan Faizy, a spokesman for Afghan VP General Abdul Rashid Dostum tweeted that, “Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour died of injuries.” It would seem that all evidence is pointing to his death at the moment however, there has been no official word from the Afghan Taliban.
Mullah Mansour was reported to have sustained serious injuries in a gunfight in Pakistan that involved senior commanders of Taliban. Reportedly, the fight broke out over the chain of command. Mullah Mansour became the leader of the Afghan Taliban after it was announced by Mullah Omar himself who was the founder of Taliban. The death of Mullah Mansour would deal a devastating blow to the Afghan Taliban, and the Taliban terrorist faction as a whole. While the main spokesman of Afghan Taliban have consistently denied reports and claim it being an Afghan intelligence propaganda, the Afghan government insists that Mullah Mansour has died. The secrecy from Afghan Taliban points to the leader’s death. The same secrecy surrounded the death of Mullah Muhammad Omar. His death was confirmed in July, two years after he had died, all the while the Taliban claimed he lived.
Mullah Mansour has made no statement so far and there has been no evidence of any contact as well. Afghan Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said,
Well, we are trying to locate him through our people to get his voice and release to the media and kill these rumors spread by the Afghan puppet government.
The fact remains that he was wounded, he is certainly being treated, and obviously under the Afghan Taliban. Any contact with him should not be an issue unless his condition is critical. If Mullah Mansour has indeed died, one of the major consequences could be delay, or complete denial to any dialogue between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and Taliban, which is exactly what happened after the death of Mullah Omar.You can follow us on Facebook, Twitter, or Google+ for more updates. Otherwise fill in the subscription box above, or subscribe to our RSS Feed.