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Key Taliban official quits over naming of new leader

Head of Afghan group’s political office, Syed Tayyeb Agha, resigns amid reports of disarray in leadership.

Taliban political chief in Qatar quits, criticizes the way Mansour was chosen

The head of the Afghan Taliban’s political office in Qatar has resigned, in the latest sign of a split in the group following Mullah Omar’s death. In a statement, Syed Tayyab Agha said he would step down, and criticised the way in which Mullah Omar’s successor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, had been chosen. Mullah Mansour was […]

New Taliban Leader Facing Tension as Top Official Quits

11 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

A top Taliban official announced his resignation on Tuesday amid a growing leadership struggle in the Afghan insurgent movement after the news of the death of leader Mullah Mohammad Omar last week.

In a Place Where Teaching Girls Can Get You Poisoned, This Afghan Woman Got Men on Her Side

How do you spark a movement in a conservative community? A Q&A with Razia Jan, founder of the Zabuli Education Center. In 2008, when Razia Jan built a school for girls in the rural village of Deh’Subz in Afghanistan, she faced several...Show More Summary

Post Mortem: Mullah Omar, the Commander of the Faithful

The American-installed Afghan government on July 29th announced that its elusive bane, Mullah Omar, was finally dead. While there had been vague rumors of his death in the past, this report was more specific and stated that he died of a kidney issue in the Pakistani town of Karachi back in April 2013. Show More Summary

Family of Dead Afghan Taliban Leader Disputes Legitimacy of New Chief

yesterdayNews : Vice News

VICE News is covering the ongoing fight for the future of Afghanistan. Click here for more from the Enduring Freedom blog. The family of deceased Afghan Taliban chief Mullah Mohammed Omar and some of the Islamist insurgent group's commanders...Show More Summary

News in Asia

Welcome to another week of news from Asia. Happy reading! Afghan officials have claimed that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Omar died two years ago in a hospital. Even with Omar presumed dead, his power was waning with ISIS gaining influence in the country. In light of Omar’s death, planned peace talks with the Taliban were … Continue reading News in Asia

Taliban’s New Leader Urges Unity, Playing Down Peace Talk

2 days agoNews : NYTimes: News

Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour declared that “jihad would continue” in Afghanistan in an audio recording released Saturday, though his message contained signs of hope for the Afghan government and Western diplomats.

New Taliban Leader Allegedly Disavows Peace Process in Audiotape

3 days agoNews : Vice News

VICE News is covering the ongoing fight for the future of Afghanistan. Click here for more from the Enduring Freedom blog. The new leader of the Afghan Taliban is rejecting the peace process and calling for unity among the Taliban, even as some of the group's highest-ranking members dispute his ascension. Show More Summary

Regarding the (Apparently) Late Mullah Omar . . .

The Afghan intelligence services reported earlier this week that Mullah Omar, the one-eyed terrorist bastard who formerly led the Taliban, is dead. Omar reportedly died sometime in April 2013 in Karachi, Pakistan. While this has not yet been publicly confirmed by US authorities, the Taliban has now appointed Omar’s successor – Omar’s deputy, Mullah Akhtar […]

New Afghan Taliban leader appeals for unity in first public message

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/ PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - The new Afghan Taliban leader appealed for unity in the insurgency in his first public message released on Saturday amid reports his predecessor's family members opposed his selection...

Afghanistan: Another costly war lost?

We found out only the other day that Afghan/Taliban leader, Mullah Omar, died about two year ago. We may take a good deal more time admitting to ourselves (if we ever really do) that — in Afghanistan — we have lost yet another war. The Taliban have won. The international conflict that Mullah Omar helped [...]Show More Summary

Eight Injured in German Refugee Camp Fight - Reports

Eight people were injured in a massive fight between Syrian and Afghan refugees in the eastern German city of Dresden, local media reported Saturday, citing German police.

Afghan Taliban to Elect New Leader Following Disputed Pick

A Taliban spokesman said that the appointment of Mullah Mansour on Thursday contradicted the traditional principles of choosing a new leader.

White House says circumstances of Taliban leader's death remain uncertain

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said on Friday the U.S. intelligence community has confirmed the death of Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Omar, but the circumstances of his death remain uncertain.

How will Mullah Omar's death affect Taliban's future?

There are signs the new Taliban leader, Mullah Mansour, is open to peace talks with the Afghan government, but questions remain

Taliban leader Mullah Omar – a pious Afghan enigma

4 days agoReligion : FaithWorld

One of the most wanted men in the world for over a decade, Mullah Omar was also one of the most elusive.

A look at the new leader of Afghanistan’s Taliban, Q/A

Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, who has been tapped to succeed Mullah Mohammad Omar as the Taliban’s leader, is said to have close ties with authorities in Pakistan. Mullah Mansoor’s closeness to Islamabad could be crucial to Afghanistan’s future. It places him in a good position to revive peace talks between the Afghan government and the […]

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