The BBC’s report 水曜日, タリバンの高官を引用, 戦いは、米国を打ち負かしたことで信用を得たいと考えていた2つの派閥の間であったと述べた.
Mulllah Abdul Ghani Baradar, タリバンの副首相, and Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani, a senior leader of the Haqqani Network, “exchanged strong words, as their followers brawled with each other nearby,” the BBC reported.
Baradar’s position is that diplomacy in Qatar carried the day while the notorious Haqqqani network insists that victory was achieved by their unrelenting willingness to fight.
Baradar has not been seen in public and there are rumors that he may have been killed. The Taliban have denied that the brawl ever occurred and released an unverified video claiming to show Baradar alive and well.
After the withdrawal of Western troops and the Taliban’s sudden return to power last month, アメリカ. and its allies have used money, potential recognition and warnings of isolation to pressure them away from repeating their repressive rule of the 1990s. 当時, the Taliban imposed a harsh interpretation of Islamic law, including severe restrictions on women and minorities.
The Taliban have been trying to position themselves as a moderate group since taking control of Kabul after a widely criticized U.S. departure. But critics say they have done little to instill confidence in Western countries after installing what Sen. Lindsey Graham called a “lineup of thugs and butchers.”
The incident, 真であれば, would be an embarrassment for the group determined to show stability.