TITLE

Quetta Shura

PUB. DATE
June 2011
SOURCE
Background Information Summaries;6/20/2011, p4
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Article
ABSTRACT
The Quetta Shura is the self-proclaimed "government in exile" of the "Caliphate of Afghanistan," the ruling body of the former Afghan government that was expelled by U.S. forces in the 2001 invasion. Led by Mullah Mohammed Omar, the Quetta Shura operates not only as a military force opposed to the International Security Assistance Force but also as a quasi-civilian government in areas under its control. In use, the term "Quetta Shura" is often synonymous with the Afghan Taliban, although the "shura" ("council") includes members from several other groups that have pledged allegiance to Omar but remain independent entities. The Quetta Shura is named after the provincial capital in Pakistan where its leadership has long been based.
ACCESSION #
62825702

 

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