Leadership Struggles. Mullah Akhtar Muhammaad Mansour is still consolidating his power with the Taliban's organization. However, a fellow by the name of Mullah Dadullah is resisting. Read more in "Taliban's New Leader in Afghanistan Moves to Quash Dissent", The New York Times, September 6, 2015.
Mansour Seeks Support From Outside Afghanistan. "The Afghan Taliban's new leader is wooing powerful figures from the militant movement based in the Middle East who have not yet publicly pledged their support . . ." Read "Afghan Taliban leader sends envoy abroad to win support, united group", Thomson Reuters Foundation, September 11, 2015.
Pakistani Intel Involvement? A dissident Taliban commander claims that Pakistani intelligence ordered him to conduct assassinations and attacks in Afghanistan. Mullah Mansour Dadullah, a former Taliban commander, released a video on September 5th detailing the involvement of Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI). Read more in a report by The Long War Journal, September 7, 2015.