Interviews with Taliban cadres and commanders challenge conventional views about the inherently fragmented character of the Taliban insurgency and about the role of the Quetta Taliban leadership in running the military organization of the Taliban. The so-called Haqqani network operated as a largely autonomous force from 2007 until 2015, as did the Peshawar Shura from 2009 onward. However, both the Haqqanis and the Peshawar Shura were able to impose a much greater degree of coherence and discipline among its ranks than the Quetta Shura was able to, at least until 2015.
Antonio GiustozziKuran Kalashnikov and Laptop (London: Hurst2008); Antonio Giustozzi and Christoph Reuter “The Insurgents of the Afghan North” Afghan Analyst Network May 2011; Antonio Giustozzi (ed.) Decoding the New Taliban (London: Hurst 2009).
Bernd HornNo Lack of Courage (Toronto: Dundurn2010) 31 39; Rusty Bradley and Kevin Maurer Lions of Kandahar (New York: Bantam 2011); interviews with two former commanders of Dadullah mahaz in Zabul and Kandahar summer 2011.