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Afghan Taliban appoints new leader

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Afghan Taliban appoints new leader

A second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants due to be held in Pakistan has been postponed. (File photo: AFP)

By Al Arabiya with Agencies | Peshawar, Pakistan
Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Taliban on Thursday confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Omar in a statement, a day after it was announced by the Afghan government.

“The leadership of the Islamic Emirate and the family of Mullah Omar... announce that leader Mullah Omar died due to a sickness,” a Taliban statement said, using the movement’s official name.

The news comes after the Afghan Taliban appoint Akhtar Mohammad Mansour as the new leader of the insurgency.

Two Afghan commanders present at a meeting of the militant movement’s most senior figures made the unofficial announcement on Thursday.

“The Shura held outside Quetta unanimously elected Mullah Mansour as the new emir of the Taliban,” said one commander who attended the Wednesday night meeting. “The shura will release a statement shortly.”

The Afghan government announced on Wednesday that Omar had died more than two years ago.
A second round of peace talks between the Afghan government and Taliban militants due to be held in Pakistan has been postponed due to the reports of Omar’s death, the Pakistani foreign office said Thursday.

“In view of the reports regarding the death of Mullah Omar and the resulting uncertainty, and at the request of the Afghan Taliban leadership, the second round of Afghan peace talks, which was scheduled to be held in Pakistan on 31 July 2015, is being postponed,” the statement said.

(With Reuters)

Last Update: Thursday, 30 July 2015 KSA 16:50 - GMT 13:50
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He died over two years ago yet this was only announced yesterday? Wow, that is strange. I wonder why this news wasn't made public before? Maybe the Taliban thought that they might appear "weak" if they were currently leaderless?
 

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Over 2 year without leader or like they call it " Emir . That's rare nowadays.
Those folks have the ability to manage their matters/business without any leader .OXXO
Don't you agree ?
 

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This whole peace talks just sounds like a big sham. One of the most talked about extremist groups in the past decade is now talking about peace? I don't get it. I'm guessing they are seriously losing grounds and are in desperate needs to just give up and not fight anymore. But how can anyone with their type of nature and brutality just turn cold turkey and not want to rape women and kill anyone that doesn't follow their type of Islamic law? Does peace talk mean that they will be exonerated for all the horrible things they did in the past 3 decades? Will they just stop practicing their style of Islamic rule. I don't buy it, for one bit.
 
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