The Taliban are making big changes beyond dialogue with Kabul

Taliban officials said the son of the movement's frightened founder was responsible for its military wing and added several powerful people to their negotiating team. The most important of these years is the shake-up to negotiate with Kabul with the aim of ending the decades-long war in Afghanistan.

As head of the new Joint Military Branch, 30-year-old Mullah Mohammad Yaqub brings his father's uncompromising reputation to war.

Taliban officials told the Associated Press that the leadership of the rebel group was as important to the four members of the council as it was to the 20-member negotiating party.

Officials said Taliban leader Mullah Hibbatullah would oversee Akhunzadah strengthen his control over the movement's military and political weapons, citing an anonymous situation as they did not have the authority to discuss the Taliban's internal workings.

The shake-up could be good news for talks with the Afghan political leadership, and the agreement reached with the rebels in February indicates how seriously - and perhaps the most important - steps the Taliban are taking.

"I say it looks like a positive development because the Taliban are setting up a delegation that seems to be more senior and broad-based than they used to be, or absolutely necessary for the initial stages of negotiations," Andrew said. Wilder is vice president of Asian programs at the US Institute of Peace in Washington.

"If you want to see the glass half-filled, this strong Taliban delegation can be understood as a sign that this group is planning to take part in a serious discussion," he said.

After more than a year of negotiations when the U.S. reached an agreement with the Taliban on February 29, it was seen as Afghanistan's best chance for peace in four decades of war. It was also seen as a roadmap to end America's long war and withdraw American troops from Afghanistan.

On Monday, four-and-a-half months after the signing, US chief negotiator and peace spokesman Zalmay Khalilzad tweeted that "a significant milestone in the implementation of the US-Taliban agreement" reached the U.S. military number that dropped to 8,600 in Afghanistan. About 12,000, five bases were closed.

Khalilzad said the Taliban had been true to its words not to attack American and NATO forces, even as they escalated insurgent attacks on Afghan security forces.

No American survivors were killed in Taliban violence in Afghanistan. Regional relations have improved, ”he tweeted.

Since Yaqub's appointment in May, the Taliban have stepped up their military operations against Afghan government forces, and under their leadership, the terrorists have won the battlefield, which can be seen to take advantage of the negotiating table.

Daniel Markey, a senior research professor at Johns Hopkins University's School of Advance, said, "I can see a lot of reasons for pushing the Taliban cover - perhaps as a tactic of negotiation, but equally possible to examine American borders." “So far, the Trump administration seems to be heading for the exit, whatever it may be. Why not silence the violence to see how more successes can be achieved? "

Surprisingly, the reorganization removed senior Taliban leader Aamir Khan Mutaki from the negotiating committee. His deportation, which is close to neighboring Pakistan, will limit Pakistan's influence and affect his position with Kabul, which is deeply suspicious of Islamabad.

Mullah Mohammad Omar, who is already the deputy head of the movement, has been accused of spreading wings among members of the Taliban's military chief's leadership by abruptly appointing his son. However, Taliban officials said that Yakub held a meeting with the council and defeated the dissidents.

"Yakub's appointment, to some extent, appears to be an attempt by Mullah Akhundzada to oversee the battlefield's operations at a critical juncture.

In recent weeks, the Taliban and the Kabul government appear to be embroiled in a final release of prisoners, raising expectations from the beginning of July for talks, as a condition for the start of talks. The United Nations expects talks to begin this month.

Countries lined up to hold talks on a resolution with Germany and Turkey, Iran, Indonesia, Japan and Norway. However, Taliban and Afghan government officials say the first round is likely to take place in Doha, the Qatari capital where the Taliban holds political office.

The newly formed negotiating team includes Abdul Hakim, the Taliban's chief justice and Akhunzada's confidant, and Maulvi Saqib, the Taliban's chief justice.

Under the U.S. Taliban agreement, al-Qaeda chief Osama bin Laden, who was planning to carry out the 9/11 attacks, said the Taliban - which he hosted during his rule in Afghanistan - would no longer host any terrorist groups. They guarantee that Afghanistan will not be used as a launchpad for future attacks on the United States.

In a tweet this week, Khalil Jad said unequivocally that "more progress is needed against terrorism".

This week, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke about the controversy surrounding reports that Russian money was being paid to Afghan militias - with ties to the Taliban - to kill U.S. troops.

“There is a lot of Russian footprints; There are Russian weapons systems. We made it clear to our Russian counterparts that we must work together to achieve a more sovereign, more independent, peaceful Afghanistan.

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