Mullah Omar confirms firing of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah

Mullah Omar.

At the end of 2007, the Afghan Taliban made a radical leadership change that has sparked controversy in the ranks of the terror group. On Dec. 29, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahed issued a statement that Mullah Mansoor Dadullah, the commander for southern Afghanistan, was relieved of his command by Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Dadullah stated he had no knowledge of the dismissal and claimed it was a "conspiracy by my enemies." Omar responded by issuing a signed statement ordering Dadullah's firing.

Omar's dismissal of Mansoor was published on Voice of Jihad, a well-trafficked jihadi Internet forum, ThreatsWatch's Nick Grace informed The Long War Journal. The release was signed by Mullah Mohammad Omar Mujahid, the Ameer al Mu'meneen, or the commander of the faithful.

"Mullah Mansoor Dadullah is not [in] obedience to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in his actions and has carried out activities which were against the rules of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan," said Omar. "So the Decision Authorities [or Shura Majlis, executive council] of Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan have removed Mansoor Dadullah from his post and he will no longer be serving the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan in [any way] and no Taliban will obey his orders any more."

Former Taliban commander Mullah Mansoor Dadullah. Click to view.

Omar's orders also call for Mansoor's followers to disassociate themselves with the former commander. "This decision only applies to Mansoor Dadullah, all other friends of Mullah Dadullah Shahed will be carrying out their Jihad duties for the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan, all the sympathizers of the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan end their relationship with Mansoor Dadullah," said Omar.

Like the original statement announcing Mansoor's dismissal, Omar's statement did not include specifics on Mansoor's failures of "obedience to the Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan."

Mansoor had contacted the Times of India on Dec. 30 denying he was dismissed. "It's not true that Mullah Omar kicked me out of the Taliban," Mansoor told the Indian newspaper by telephone. "If Mullah Omar wanted me to leave the Taliban, then he would send me the message and I would put down my weapons because he is our top commander." Dadullah admitted he was unable to contact Omar.

Mansoor served as commander of the Taliban's southern front in Kandahar, Helmand, Uruzgan, Zabul, Nimruz, and Farah provinces. He succeeded his brother, Mullah Dadullah Ahkund, who was killed by British special forces in May 2007.

See "Taliban dismisses senior Afghan commander" for additional information on Mullah Mansoor Dadullah and Mullah Dadullah Ahkund.


READER COMMENTS: "Mullah Omar confirms firing of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah"

Posted by Lindsey at January 2, 2008 1:52 PM ET:

Thank you for posting this article and the announcement.

Posted by Chris at January 2, 2008 3:37 PM ET:

Pink slips for Islamists. They should unionize and then they would have greater leverage when bargaining with theocratic management. Does anyone know what the nature of his severance package???

Keep your eyes peeled in the Jihadi Times Classified Section for "Experienced Jihadi with management experience seeking employment opportunities. Willing to relocate."

Posted by Alex at January 2, 2008 8:35 PM ET:

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HAHAHA Bill you crashed their site by traffic overload just by posting their link. I approve.

Posted by Bill Roggio at January 2, 2008 9:01 PM ET:

Thank you for your service, Lindsey.

Alex, I noticed that a few hours ago. All in a day's work, I guess...

Posted by Ian at January 2, 2008 9:33 PM ET:


Hehe. This would be hilarious if it wasn't so deadly and frightenly serious. Keep up the good work, Bill.

Posted by Ammo Guy at January 2, 2008 9:34 PM ET:

God forbid that they might have shaved off his beard as well!

Happy New Year Bill - I'm looking forward to lots of promising articles from you in 2008 as our military continues to accomplish great things. God bless them all.

Posted by Ian at January 2, 2008 9:35 PM ET:

Whoops. Above joke should have fake ' ' HTML tags around them. Guess the comments box ate them.

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Posted by captainjohann at January 6, 2008 10:34 AM ET:

What is it which made Omar to dismiss daudallah?

Posted by Ray Robison at January 6, 2008 11:21 AM ET:

This is hopefully an outward sign of the Taliban civil war I have been predicting with the MMA forming an alliance with Musharraf against the al Qaeda supported Taliban.