The supreme leader of the Taliban, Haibatullah Akhunzada, has warned the group that there may be unknown entities in their ranks who are working against the will of the government.
The warning came in a statement attributed to Akhunzada, which was widely shared on the Taliban’s social media accounts on Thursday.
Ever since the Taliban took control of the country, his leadership has repeatedly warned of fraudsters and criminals joining the group in an attempt to tarnish its image.
In September, caretaker Defense Minister Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob raised concerns in an audio message.
“There are some bad and corrupt people who want to join us… To pursue their own interests or to slander us and make us look bad,” he said.
Yaqoob, the son of Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, added that any fraudulent elements in the ranks would be dealt with.
In recent months, the Taliban have expanded their recruitment as it seeks to fulfill a commitment to maintain security in the country. But the group has faced a series of deadly attacks from rivals, including the Islamic State in Khorasan Province, the ISKP (ISIS-K) armed group, a branch of ISIL.
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