Taliban insiders have told Reuters news agency that Mullah Mansour recently sent Mullah Jalil, an envoy with good contacts with the Taliban’s political leadership, to persuade senior members based in the Middle East to publicly support him instead of a rival faction coalescing around Omar’s brother and son.
Beside running a political office in Qatar, Taliban often hold informal meetings with diplomats in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
By sending envoy abroad to gain more support, Mullah Akhtar Mansour wants to weaken his rival group that does not back him as the Supreme Leader of Taliban.
Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was appointed to lead Taliban after Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed dead.
This appointment sparked rifts within the militant group. Some leaders in its central committee supported the appointment but some others rejected it.
The group that does not accept Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their Supreme Leader supports Mullah Omar’s son Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub.
They argue that Mullah Mohammad Yaqoub should take over as the successor for his father.
The rifts have engulfed infighting within the militant group which has already left several killed and injured from both sides.