Omar, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob
|Name||Omar, Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob|
|Date of birth||1990|
|Function/Grade||Minister of Defense|
|History and Biodata||
1. Previous Minister of Defense
Mullah Yaqoob was in-charge of military commission in 15 of Afghanistan’s 34 provinces, a Taliban statement said. The military commission is responsible for overseeing all military affairs of the Taliban and is headed by Mullah Ibrahim Sadr.
In addition to being handed the key military position, he has also been included in the Taliban’s top decision-making council, the “Rehbari Shura.”
The Taliban have also inducted Mullah Abdul Manan, Mullah Omar’s brother and Yaqoob’s uncle, into the leadership council. The statement added that both Yaqoob and Manan had formally assumed their offices at a meeting of Taliban leaders, members of the leadership council and senior commanders. He opposed to late Mansour's ascension as leader of the Taliban.(20160405)
It is rumored that Mullah Yaghoub who came to Peshawar after resigning from Quetta Shura was injured and then killed in Chaman by unknown armed people on Thursday 17, 2019. There is a rumor that he was kidnapped first and then killed. Afghan media reported that a number of Taliban leaders in Pakistan have been arrested after their meeting with Pakistan army commanders.
The news of Mullah Yaqub's death however comes just days after he and his uncle Abdul Manan, Mullah Omar's younger brother, were reportedly among more than a dozen Taliban figures who walked out of a leadership meeting held in Quetta. It was at this meeting that the Taliban named Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the group's new leader. The display of dissent within the group's secretive core is the clearest sign yet of the challenge Mansour faces in uniting a group already split over whether to pursue peace talks with the Afghan government and facing a new, external threat, Islamic State.
Mansour, Mullah Omar's longtime deputy who has been effectively in charge for years, favors talks to bring an end to more than 13 years of war. He recently sent a delegation to inaugural meetings with Afghan officials hosted by Pakistan, hailed as a breakthrough. But Mansour, 50, has powerful rivals within the Taliban who oppose negotiations and have been pushing for Mullah Omar's son Yaqub to take over the movement. Actually, it wasn't a Taliban Leadership Council meeting. Mansour had invited only members of his group to pave the way for his election, said a sources, a senior member of Taliban in Quetta. And when Yaqub and Manan noticed this, they left the meeting. Among those opposing Mansour's leadership are Mullah Mohammad Rasool and Mullah Hasan Rahmani, two influential Taliban figures with their own power bases who back Yaqub.
Mullah Yaqoob is known to have links to Saudi Arabia, which supports the peace deal. Riyadh is believed to be funneling money to him to help him consolidate power. He also has close connections with the Afghan government and intelligence service— seen as useful in ensuring the peace deal is not derailed.(20200530)