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Thursday, June 8, 2023

Pakistani Taliban’s Emir Renews Allegiance to Afghan Taliban

Noor Wali Mehsud, the emir of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, or the Pakistani Taliban), has renewed his oath of allegiance to the Taliban’s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan. Mehsud also celebrates the Taliban’s “historic and blessed victory” in a one-page statement released on the TTP’s social media and website.

Mehsud describes the Taliban’s defeat of the U.S.-backed Afghan government as a “victory” for the “entire Muslim ummah” (or worldwide community of Muslims), adding that “the future of the entire Islamic ummah depends on it.” He “renews” the TTP’s “allegiance to the Islamic Emirate” of Afghanistan, pledging his men “will not spare any sacrifice for the stability and development” of the restored emirate.

Mehsud specifically congratulates the Taliban’s “Emir of the Faithful,” Haibatullah Akhundzada, as well as his deputies, naming Sirajuddin Haqqani (the Islamic Emirate’s deputy emir), Muhammad Yaqub Sahib (another deputy) and the head of the political office, Mullah Baradar.

Read more at Long War Journal

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