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Saturday, August 15, 2015, Shraban 31, 1422 BS, Shawal 29, 1436 Hijr


New Taliban leader welcomes Al-Qaeda chief's pledge of loyalty
Published :Saturday, 15 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 8

KABUL, Aug 14: The Taliban's new leader on Friday welcomed Al-Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri's pledge of allegiance which could bolster his accession amid a bitter power struggle within the Afghan militant movement.  
Mullah Akhtar Mansour takes charge as the Islamic State group makes gradual inroads into Afghanistan, challenging the Taliban on their home turf.
Zawahiri's declaration on Thursday came with Al-Qaeda also facing a growing rivalry for global jihadist preeminence with IS, which has seized control of large parts of Syria and Iraq.
"I... accept the pledge of allegiance of the esteemed (Zawahiri)... and thank him for... his pledge and pledge of all mujahideen under him," Mansour said in a statement Friday.
Mansour was announced as the new Taliban chief on July 31, after the movement confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the Islamist group for some two decades.    ?AFP










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