KABUL: SEPT. 20 – The Taliban achieved the goal of their violent campaign by taking control of Kabul on 15 August 2021, with the ongoing internal tussle over power and power-sharing and the deepening economic crisis, it is clear that the Taliban honeymoon is over.
The biggest challenge facing the Taliban leadership in Kandahar is how to deal with the strengthened Haqqani network and its backing foreign fighters. Half of eastern Afghanistan, including Kabul, is controlled by the Haqqani network and its allies.
Taliban leader Mullah Hibtullah Akhundzada has been missing for a long time. This has compounded the problems of the group even more. The question is also arising whether he is alive or not. This has also raised the risk of internal conflict over the Taliban.
Because of these challenges, it appears that the Taliban’s priority at this time is to maintain the unity of the organization, and because of this, the domestic and international concerns expres
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