Russian Taliban Recruit Argues He Is a ‘Lawful Combatant’

Irek Hamidullin, a former Russian army officer who defected to fight against U.S. troops in Afghanistan on behalf of jihadists linked to the Taliban, has reportedly argued before a U.S. federal court that the government should treat him as a “lawful combatant” and prisoner of war (POW) who is immune to the civilian court system in the United States.

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New Taliban Leader Mansour Confronts Infighting that May Benefit ISIS

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour has been named the leader of the Taliban as the terrorist organization grapples with peace negotiations-related infighting that has triggered defections to the growing Islamic State (ISIS/ISIL) group.

Mullah Mansour is reportedly not well liked by some high-ranking Taliban commanders.

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