Taliban’s highest-ranking army officer heads to N. Afghanistan

KABUL (Khaama Press): Qari Fasihuddin Fitrat, the Chief of Staff of the armed forces of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, headed a high-ranking delegation to Sar-e-Pol province, in the north of Afghanistan, according to the state-run news agency.
A senior military mission to Sar-e-Pol province was led by Taliban’s highest-ranking army officer Fasihuddin Fitrat, according to the state-run Bakhtar news agency. The Taliban government’s Al-Fatah North Corps and Al-Farooq Herat Corps commanders are accompanying him.
Fitrat reportedly stated that his travel to Sar-e-Pol was intended to assess security issues and inspect Taliban units stationed in the region, according to Bakhtar. People close to Mawlavi Mahdi Mujahid aka Mawlawi Mujahid, the Islamic Emirate’s disgruntled Hazara commander, however, told the BBC that the situation in Balkhab, where they are stationed, was not good and that a confrontation may happen at “any moment.”
The opening of a “serious clash” between the Taliban and Mawlawi Mahdi Mujahid’s forces was reported this morning, Thursday, by the local media.
To attack Mawlawi Mujahid, Taliban forces have dispatched forces from different locations, according to the sources.
In Qom Kotel and Balkhab districts of Sar-e-Pol province, Mawlawi Mahdi’s troops claim to have thwarted two Taliban attacks yesterday evening and this morning. They also say to have inflicted casualties on the Taliban.
According to some media outlets, the final rounds of negotiations between Mawlawi Mahdi Mujahid and officials of the Taliban ended since no agreement was reached.
When the local Taliban commander openly challenged the group’s policies, the dispute between the Taliban and Mawlawi Mahdi came to light and was revealed.
Due to the absence of Hazaras and Shiites in the Taliban group, Mawlawi Mahdi was the only Hazara Taliban commander to quit.
Mahdi Mujahid, also known as Mawlawi Mujahid, the sole recognized Hazara Shiite Islamic Emirate commander, recently severed ties with the Taliban leadership and moved in, taking control of the Balkhab district in Sar-e-Pol province.