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Taliban: Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor Emerges New Leader

Posted: Jul 31, 2015 at 12:52 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

The Taliban has announced the 50-year-old Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor as its new leader following a shura tribal council. He is the organization’s former second-in-command and previously served as an aide to Omar.


The Afghan government declined to comment officially but a senior source within the administration confirmed the appointment to NBC News.

When Mansoor took power was not immediately clear, however.

The Afghan government said Thursday that it believes Omar died in a Pakistani hospital two years ago. Two senior Taliban figures and one senior Afghan intelligence official told NBC News that Mansoor had been serving as de facto leader for the past two years.

He was formally appointed as leader after news of Omar’s death was made public, the sources said on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak publicly.

Meanwhile, the second round of peace talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban were postponed in light of Omar’s death on the request of the Taliban leadership, hosts Pakistan said in a statement from its foreign ministry Thursday.