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Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?
ALGIERS, ALGERIA - OCTOBER 28: A man reads 28 October 2001 in Algiers the Algerian daily El Youm, with on its frontpage a picture presented by the newspaper as a portrait of Mullah Mohammed Omar. The leader of Afghanistan's ruling Taliban regime Mullah Mohammed Omar said in an interview with El Youm that the "real war" against the United States has not yet begun, and promised to give the US a "bitter lesson". AFP PHOTO HOCINE (Photo credit should read HOCINE/AFP/Getty Images)

Who’s in Charge of the Taliban?

Two days before the second official meeting between the Afghan government and the Taliban is scheduled to take place, fresh rumors are swirling that Taliban leader, Mullah Mohammed Omar, has been dead for two years, killed either in an internal power struggle or from tuberculosis. Even before word of the reclusive leader’s unconfirmed death, speculation of his demise and questions about who actually controls the movement have persisted since shortly after his escape from Kandahar in late 2001 — no double fueled by the fact that he has appeared in public only a handful of times, even during his rule over Afghanistan in the 1990s. With talks (hopefully) less than 48 hours away, the question now more than ever is: Who leads the Taliban?

Source: Who’s in Charge of the Taliban? | Foreign Policy