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Sunday, August 2, 2015, Shraban 18, 1422 BS, Shawal 16, 1436 Hijr


New Taliban leader promises to continue insurgency
Published :Sunday, 2 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 14

KABUL, Aug 1 : New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement on Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.
Barely a few hours after Mansour's appointment was announced on Friday, powerful rivals within the fractious Taliban questioned the selection process, saying it was rushed and even biased.
Mansour's comments are apparently aimed at fending off the emerging risk of the group splintering into factions at a time when there is growing discord over the direction of peace talks with the Afghan government.  "We should all work to preserve unity. Division in our ranks will only please our enemies, and cause further problems for us," Mansour said in the audio recording posted on the Taliban website.
In his speech, Mansour also implored Taliban cadres to continue waging their 14-year insurgency and be wary of foreign propaganda to sow disunity within the group.     ?AFP












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