South Asia and Beyond

Mystery Over Mullah Baradar

Is Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar dead or is he in Kandahar as the Taliban claims? Nobody knows for sure. There were reports of a brawl between Baradar and Khalil Haqqani’s followers just ahead of the interim government formation, and it appears Baradar may have even been shot. Another mystery surrounds Taliban leader Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada who remains out of sight.