Taliban's infamous "Quetta Shura" has been relocated to Afghanistan to establish 'permenant residence'
The Taliban leaders have been in different cities in Pakistan including Quetta, Karachi and Peshawar ever since they were ousted in 2001 and the news of their relocation could be dubbed as a sign of the Taliban’s confidence in their fight against the US-backed government in Kabul.
According to sources Taliban have chosen southern Helmand as their site for relocation this time where most of the opium that funds their operations is produced.
A senior Taliban commander, Asad Afghan, told The Associated Press the move would consolidate the insurgents’ military gains and help lay the ground for a dominant position if and when peace talks resume.
“We are in the last stages of war and are moving forward,” said Afghan, who is closely involved in formulating the insurgents’ war strategy.
“We are the real government in Afghanistan,” he said. The move across the border would give the movement “more focus” at a time it needs to be “quick, clear and more secure about our decisions.”
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