Taliban dissidents choose Mullah Rasool as chief

Afghan Taliban dissidents have named Mullah Mohammad Rasool as the head of a splinter group, two Taliban leaders claimed on Sunday.

The decision follows the collapse of months’ long efforts to end the rift within the insurgent group.

Rasool was among those who had refused to pledge allegiance to Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new Taliban chief.

Mullah Mansoor, was elected in early August after the confirmation of death of the Taliban’s longtime supreme leader Mullah Muhammad Omar. He has strengthened control over the movement; however, the rebel group will haunt him.

‘High Council of Afghanistan Islamic Emirate’ are the Taliban rebels.