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Mullah Mansur, The Afghan Taliban's New Leader

Mullah Mansur, The Afghan Taliban's New Leader The Afghan Taliban has a new leader, one who appears pragmatic and moderate compared to the near-mythical figure he replaces. In being named as the new head of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansur, one of the founders of the movement, was granted the title of Amir-ul-Momineen (Commander of the Faithful). This gives him the same supreme status held by his predecessor, Mullah Mohammad Omar, whose 2013 death was confirmed this week. Mullah Mansur is believed to be a proponent of ongoing peace talks with the Afghan government, and his accession has raised hopes of a negotiated end to the Taliban's 14-year insurgency in Afghanistan. Trusted Heir In a statement released by the Taliban on July 30, the group described Mullah Mansur as one of the mos...
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