Mullah Mansour, the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, reportedly has a house in Dubai which he visits regularly and from where he runs part of a business empire.
Unlike his hermit-like predecessor, the one-eyed Mullah Mohammed Omar, Mansour is a pragmatist with a record as a businessman.
In a profile by the New York Times based on interviews with present and former colleagues and government officials, Mansour is revealed to be not only wealthy, but well-travelled and well-protected.
He is said to have a home protected by Pakistan’s security agency in the city of Quetta, from where he runs a number of businesses including a mobile phone company. Mansour has also repeatedly taken flights in and out of Pakistan, often to Dubai, the newspaper reported, where he has several investments under different names.
Although Pakistan is a nominal US ally, its relationship with the Taliban is well-known. The UAE, however, is home to Western military bases. The Dubai authorities have yet to comment on the newspaper’s claim.
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