Taliban commander refuses dismissal order

A key Taliban commander reportedly kicked out of the militia believes the dismissal order is a conspiracy against him and has not been signed off by Taliban leader Mullah Omar, his spokesman said Sunday. Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid on Saturday said that Mansoor Dadullah, a militant commander in southern Afghanistan, had been kicked out of the Islamic militia for "disobeying orders" and conducting activities "against the Taliban's rules and regulations." Mujahid did not provide any details. A spokesman for Dadullah said Sunday that Dadullah has refused to accept the dismissal order, which he called a conspiracy. "Mullah Omar is the Taliban supreme commander. We will always obey his orders. But this message, this order, is not from Mullah Omar," Muhibullah Mahajir told The Associated Press.