Taliban Taps New Leader, Delays Peace Talks

(The Hill) The Taliban announced Wednesday evening that it tapped a new leader to succeed Mullah Omar, following reports confirming the death of the group’s first leader.

Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour is now the head of the Islamic fundamentalist group, according to Reuters.

“The shura held outside Quetta unanimously elected Mullah Mansour as the new emir of the Taliban,” according to a Taliban commander from Quetta, Pakistan in the report.

“The shura will release a statement shortly,” the report added of the assembly.
Reuters said two Taliban spokespeople refused to directly confirm Omar’s death Wednesday night but acknowledged the move to a successor.

“If we are electing a new leader to head the movement, you can yourself understand what that implies,” one representative told the news outlet.

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