Mullah Mansour

Afghan Taliban Appoint New Leader After Mansour’s Death

KABUL, May 25  – The Afghan Taliban have named a deputy to former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour as their new leader, a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday, the group’s first official confirmation that Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike. Haibatullah Akhunzada, who was named in a United Nations report last year

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U.S. Says Late Taliban Leader Was Planning Attacks on Americans

By Jibran Ahmad and Jonathan Landay PESHAWAR, Pakistan/WASHINGTON, May 24 – U.S. President Barack Obama approved the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour because the Taliban leader was overseeing plans for new attacks on American targets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, U.S. officials said on Monday. While the Taliban have yet to confirm the death

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Fate of Afghan Taliban Leader Remains Unclear

By Jibran Ahmed PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec 4 – Conflicting reports have deepened uncertainty surrounding the fate of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour, after the insurgent Islamist group repeatedly denied he had been wounded in a gunfight after a dispute with other senior leaders. Several sources in the Taliban have said that Mansour, whose claim

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