Legendary Afghani leader Ismail Khan is moving against the southern Afghan city of Kandahar, considered the spiritual capital of the Taliban movement, according to news reports from Pakistan.

Khan, who gained his reputation as defender of Herat during a Russian siege, is being supported by US Special Forces units in his march toward the city. Two Taliban ministers and the governor of a major province have promised him support if he captures the city. If an attempt to topple Mulla Omar, the leader of the Taliban, succeeds, moderates within Afghanistan will invite the former king, Zahir Shah, to set up a new government through the use of a Loya Jirga, or grand assembly, the traditional Afghan means of selecting a new national government.
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