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Taliban’s New Leader, More Scholar Than Fighter, Is Slow to Impose Himself – The New York Times

Taliban’s New Leader, More Scholar Than Fighter, Is Slow to Impose Himself – The New York Times

The early tenure of the Taliban’s new leader, a low-key religious scholar seen as a potential unifier, has been notable for lacking the drama his predecessor seemed unable to shake.

But even after two months in the role, Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada remains something of a mystery to the Taliban rank and file, according to analysts and insurgent commanders. And he has yet to make any high-profile mark on an insurgency that is stretched by internal divisions.

Source: Taliban’s New Leader, More Scholar Than Fighter, Is Slow to Impose Himself – The New York Times