Taliban leaders had a massive brawl after disagreeing over which of them did the most to boot the US out of Afghanistan, report says

Taliban fighters in the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul after President Ashraf Ghani fled the country. Zabi Karimi / AP Images
Two factions in the Taliban leadership fought late last week, the BBC said.
They disagreed on who did the most to kick the US out and who should get certain cabinet jobs.
The leader of one side, Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, has not been seen since.
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Top Taliban members had a massive brawl after arguing over who contributed most to the victory in Afghanistan, the BBC reported, citing senior officials from the militant group.
The battle between two factions in the Taliban leadership took place late last week in the Afghan presidential palace in Kabul and came after a debate over who had to drive the US military out of their country the most, the BBC reported.
The parties also argued over who should get which cabinet roles in their new government, the BBC reported.
The Taliban took control of Kabul on August 15, and the US military finally withdrew from the country on August 30. The Taliban announced a transitional government on September 7th.
One side of the struggle was led by Taliban co-founder and deputy interim prime minister Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, the BBC said, while the other was led by refugee minister Khalil ur-Rahman Haqqani.
Taliban sources told the BBC that the dispute broke out because Baradar was dissatisfied with the composition of the transitional government.
Baradar has also argued that diplomatic efforts to take over Afghanistan, such as the ones he himself made, would be more effective than the use of military force, the BBC reported. Haqqani and his followers disagreed, the report said.
The Taliban deny that the fight took place, according to the BBC.
Reports of the hand-to-hand combat come as rumors circulate of Baradar's condition after he has not been seen in public for several days. Taliban sources told the BBC that Baradar left Kabul for Kandahar after the battle.
On Monday, Taliban spokesman Suhail Shaheen tweeted that rumors that Baradar had been killed in a fight were untrue.
According to the BBC, a Taliban spokesman said Baradar had traveled to Kandahar to meet Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, the retired Taliban supreme leader. However, a Taliban spokesman later told BBC Pashto that Baradar was "tired and wanted to take a rest".
Akhundzada has also not been seen in public since Aug. 15, Reuters reported.
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