Taliban co-founder Mullah Baradar who currently heads the Taliban co founder  lead a new  government in Afghanistan  that could be announced shortly , sources in the Islamist group said on Friday, as it battled rebel fighters while striving to ward off economic collapse.

 The  son of killed Taliban founder Mullah Omar, and Sher Mohammad Abbas Stanekzai, in senior positions in the government, three sources said.

One  Taliban official told Reuters, on condition of anonymity “All the top leaders have arrived in Kabul, where preparations are in final stages to announce the new government,”.

The Taliban, which seized Kabul on Aug. 15 after sweeping across most of the country, have faced resistance in the Panjshir Valley, north of the capital, with reports of heavy fighting and casualties.

The government’s legitimacy in the eyes of international donors and investors will be crucial for an economy grappling with drought and the ravages of a conflict that killed an estimated 240,000 Afghanistan.

Several thousand fighters of regional militias and remnants of the government’s armed forces have massed in the rugged valley under the leadership of Ahmad Massoud, the son of former Mujahideen commander Ahmad Shah Massoud.

Many Afghans were struggling to feed their families amid severe drought well before the Taliban took power and millions may now face starvation, aid agencies say.

the director of the World Food Programme in Afghanistan, told Reuters from Kabul “Since August 15, we have seen the crisis accelerate and magnify, with the imminent economic collapse that is coming this country’s way,”.

The United States, the European Union and others have cast doubt on such assurances, saying formal recognition of the new government, and the resultant flow of economic aid, was contingent on action.

In a positive development, a senior executive of Western Union Co said the firm was resuming money-transfer services to Afghanistan in line with a U.S. push to keep up humanitarian work.

Thousands of Afghans, some without documents, others with pending U.S. visa applications or whose families have mixed immigration status, also wait in “transit hubs” in third countries.


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