The Observers

Why the rivalry within the Taliban could lead to a new war in Afghanistan

Why the rivalry within the Taliban could lead to a new war in Afghanistan.
Why the rivalry within the Taliban could lead to a new war in Afghanistan. © Observers

The Taliban are often seen as a single entity with a common vision. But in reality, the group is composed of different factions. Mokhtar Wafayi, an Afghan journalist who has been following the Taliban for years, explains why these differences within Afghanistan's new leaders could even plunge the country back into war.

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What is the difference between the Durrani and the Haqqani? Why might their rivalry cause new tensions in Afghanistan? And who controls which region of Afghanistan?

In this episode, Mokhtar Wafayi tells us more about the current situation on the ground and the balance of power between the different Taliban factions.