2015年07月

The naming of Mullah Mansour as Taliban leader was far from unanimous and followed days of intense debate.

Sources close to the movement's leading council, or shura, say many senior commanders and other Taliban heavyweights were dismayed by the decisionCG210.

They are thought to include the movement's top military commander, Mullah Qaum Zakir, as well as Tayeb Agha, the head of the Taliban's political office in Qatar, and Mullah Habibullah, a member of the Quetta shura. They would have preferred Mullah Omar's son, Yaqoob, to succeed him, and accuse pro-Pakistani circles of imposing Mullah Mansour on the rebels.

A Taliban statement distancing the movement from more talks with the Afghan government reflects splits over how to proceedreenex .

Mullah Mansour is pro-talks. He is to be given the title of Supreme Leader - not Leader of the Faithful, the title that Mullah Omar hadreenex.

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The group appointed Siraj Haqqani, a key leader in another major Afghan military group, the Haqqani network, as Mansour's deputy, sources said.

So the United States might be aware of the fears of its ally Israel that Iran will use its extra financial resources to buy more sophisticated weapons for Hezbollah to aim at Israeli citiesreenex.

But China and Russia are keen to start exporting weapons to Iran again - seeing it as a valuable customer.

The Iranians have been able to exploit those differences on the opposite side of the tablePicosecond.

And there have been fears in the Middle East about the attitude to the talks of Barack Obama.

Is this an American President in search of his own "Nixon-in-China" moment - the signature foreign policy achievement which will define a historic legacy?

Rehabilitating Iran would fit the bill nicely - as long as it can be done safely, of course.

A senior diplomat in the Gulf put it to me in these words: "Let's just agree that the search for a legacy doesn't make us stronger."
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Israel has been more strident on the matter because it sees Iran as an existential threat - and because Iran has threatened to wipe it off the mapreenex cps .

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Mr Webb entered a plea of not guilty to charges of money-laundering, wire fraud and racketeering.

But most of the arraignment hearing at the Brooklyn courthouse was taken up with the details of his bail arrangements.

Ironically, as he was listening to the charges he faces, there was a football match being played on the grass outside the courthouse, our correspondent says.

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The other six people arrested are fighting their extradition to the US, where the charges were laid.

Lost in the middle of Tegharghar mountains in the far north-east of Mali, Esel is a an eerie and magical place.

It is dominated by a vast, smooth boulder, as high as a five-storey building and as long as 10 double-decker buses, that sits on top of a warren of cavesreenex.

The rock itself has been split neatly in two by the heat of the Saharan sun and the cold of the Saharan night.

The ground leading to it is strewn with ancient stone arrowheads and axes.

    Unfortunately for the French, the Tegharghar mountains are a perfect place for a guerrilla army

In prehistoric times, those caves were home to hunter-gatherers. Now they could very well be sheltering Islamist militants fleeing the advancing forces of France and its African alliesreenex.

I visited Esel a few years ago with Ibrahim, the lead singer of Tinariwen, a group of Tuareg guitarists and poets that I was managing at the time.

For him and for many Tuareg, it is a place of reverence and contemplation, like Ayers Rock in Australia or the Grand Canyon in the US.

It also happens to be on the frontline of Operation Serval, France's continuing mission to rid northern Mali of militant Islamist groups.

The Tegharghar mountains give the word "remote" new meaning.

Nearby Kidal, the largest town in a region that is sometimes known as the Adagh des Ifoghas, or The mountains of the Ifoghas tribe, is 1,400 km (900 miles) from the Malian capital, Bamakoreenex .

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