US, UAE uncared for chance to defend Taliban leader: Post

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The US authorities and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) uncared for an opportunity to defend the slack leader of the Afghan Taliban when he visited Dubai, a recordsdata picture said.

Susceptible Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor reportedly visited the Gulf emirate for fundraising about a months prior to his assassination in Would perchance well 2016, in a US air raid in Pakistan, the Washington Post reported.

In an investigation revealed on Saturday, the Post said US intelligence officials was conscious of Mansoor’s actions in Dubai and discussed what to manufacture about him.

Sooner than a name was once made, he left for Iran, the newspaper reported.

Then US President Barack Obama’s nationwide safety adviser, Susan Rice, requested his plane to be grew to develop into around, nonetheless Emirati authorities said it was once too slack, it said.

From Iran, Mansoor travelled to Pakistan where the Individuals were again conscious of his whereabouts, and killed him in a drone assault.

Mansoor took rate of the Taliban in 2015 when the armed community revealed its leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had died. He joined the Taliban in 1995, a year after it was once founded.

Mansoor was once secretly visiting the UAE the exercise of a Pakistani passport with a spurious title, the Post reported.

His time out to Dubai – beforehand unreported – got right here quickly after Taliban officials took phase in secret negotiations with the US and Afghanistan governments – the ideal three-occasion talks within the ancient past of the longest-working US conflict.

Some analysts derive urged he was once in Dubai to barter with US officials and chose the metropolis because it was once a neutral venue.

‘Likelihood to the jam’

Some US officials criticised the Obama administration for taking too prolonged to act on Mansoor’s presence in Dubai, whereas others alleged the Emiratis concocted the memoir about his slim escape.

« The worst thing that can derive came about from their standpoint was once to defend Mullah Mansoor in Dubai and publicly whine that they were funding the folks that were killing American troopers, » the memoir quoted Bruce Riedel, a broken-down CIA honorable, as asserting. 

Michael Semple, an skilled on Pakistan and Afghanistan, said Mansoor’s talk about over with to Dubai unearths insights into the conflict in Afghanistan, notably financial ones.

« The combating and dying are generally being done inside Afghanistan, nonetheless this conflict rests upon a properly-developed conflict economy that positive aspects linkages via to Pakistan, Iran and to your total Gulf countries, » Semple, a visiting analysis professor at Queen’s University Belfast, told Al Jazeera. 

« Right here will not be lawful a memoir about dusky meetings with intelligence agencies and cohort teach give a safe to.  

« Right here’s a account about a regionalised criminal economy which fuels the conflict in Afghanistan, which Akhtar Mohammed Mansoor was once tapping into to fund his organisation, and which I would contend is a intention whereby the ongoing conflict in Afghanistan helps to criminalise the countries of the jam, and is a threat to the jam – not lawful a threat to the folks of Afghanistan. »

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