Following the Taliban's official confirmation of Mullah Omar's death, fears have started to grow that a ISIS franchise has the potential to pose a serious challenge to the jihadi group in Afganistan.
ISIS's Khorasan branch (wilayat al-Khorasan) remains a small group of militants but it could now receive significant financial backing from ISIS with signs of Taliban instability.
News has emerged that Omar's successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, may not have received full backing from members of the shura council.
If true, this suggest that Mansour's position as leader of the group may not be completely secure and could face the threat of other Taliban senior figures vying for power.
The new leader of the Afghan Taliban has called for unity among his fighters, promising to continue insurgency in his first message.
The audio message purportedly from Mullah Akhtar Mansoor also included comments about peace talks, though it was not immediately clear whether he supported them or not....
Posted by Women Against Shariah on Sunday, August 2, 2015
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