Taliban leaders in Baghlan and Kunduz provinces have been located after tip-offs from militants in Gulbuddin Hekmatyar's Hizb-i-Islami group an Afghan general has said. Hizb-i-Islami, led by Gulbuddin Hekmatyar, is one of three main insurgent factions battling Hamid Karzai and his international backers and had been loosely aligned with the Taliban. However, fighters from the former allies clashed in the northern province of Baghlan in early March and dozens of fighters from Hizb-i-Islami sought government protection. The faction further distanced itself from the Taliban by sending a delegation to Kabul to deliver a 15-point peace proposal to Hamid Karzai. The plan was not accepted, but both sides described the discussions as positive. General Murad Ali Murad, commander of the Afghan 209th Corps in northern Afghanistan, said: "We get intelligence on the Taliban's whereabouts and movements, especially their commanders, from members of Hizb-i-Islami." "The flow of intelligence is working very well. It really helps us eliminate those who pose a serious security threat," he told Reuters. Gulbuddin Hekmatyar is one of the foremost and most divisive figures in recent Afghan history. After leading the largest anti-Soviet resistance faction during the 1980s, with hundreds of millions of dollars of US support channelled through the Pakistan government, his faction was renowned for its brutality in the brutal civil war following the Soviet withdrawal. He fled the Taliban to Iran, but returned to take up arms against Hamid Karzai in 2002. The Baghlan clashes were said to be prompted by Taliban encroachment and taxation in a region previously considered a Hizb-i-Islami stronghold. Hekmatyar's men had since begun turning in Taliban rivals for money and revenge Afghan security forces said. Nato has reported a string of assassinations of Taliban leaders in Baghlan in recent months. On May 14, Mullah Ruhullah, the Taliban shadow governor for Baghlan, and his deputy were killed. His immediate successor, Mawlawi Jabbar, died in an air strike only a fortnight later and two further successors have been captured. (The Telegraph)