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Afghan Taliban names a new leader, but peace talks delayed
Published :Friday, 31 July, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 13

PESHAWAR, July 30 : The Taliban have chosen supreme leader Mullah Omar's deputy Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour to replace him, two militant commanders said on Thursday, as Pakistan announced that scheduled
peace talks between the insurgents and the Afghan government would be postponed.
Pakistan cited a statement in Kabul on Wednesday about Omar's death as the reason for the delay in negotiations, amid fears that it could trigger a potentially bloody succession battle. Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was appointed leader at a meeting of the Taliban's top representatives, many of whom are based in the Pakistani city of Quetta, according to the sources who were present at the shura, or gathering. Siraj Haqqani, leader of the powerful Haqqani militant faction, will be a deputy to Mansour, both commanders added.
Mansour will be only the second leader the Taliban have had since Omar, an elusive figure rarely seen in public who founded the ultra-conservative Islamist movement in the 1990s. The Taliban eventually conquered most of Afghanistan, imposing strict Islamic law before being driven from power in 2001 by a US-led military intervention.     
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