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Naming of new Taliban chief seen dimming Obama's hopes for Afghan peace talks

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The selection of a hard-line cleric as the new Taliban chief on Wednesday all but dashes U.S. President Barack Obama's hopes for opening peace talks before he leaves office, one of his top foreign policy goals, current and former U.S. Show More Summary

Afghan Security Forces Kill 61 Militants Over 24 Hours

Afghanistan Security forces killed 61 militants during special operations over the past 24 hours, the Afghan Defense Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.

Afghan Taliban Appoints New Leader

The Afghan Taliban have announced their new leader.  This was due to last week’s death of their former leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in a US RPA strike. That new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, formerly one of Mansour’s deputies. Akhundzada is considered a “hawk” and a fundamentalist.  His selection is probably a signal that the […]

New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate: sources

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Islamic legal scholar appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday, was not the obvious choice when senior members of the militant movement gathered to appoint a new "emir".

Afghan Taliban appoint an Islamic scholar as their new leader

The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour’s deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour’s death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. Within an hour of the announcement, a Taliban suicide bomber attacked a shuttle bus carrying court employees west of the […]

Taliban Name New Leader, Confirm Death Of Mullah Mansour

11 hours agoNews : The Two-Way

The Afghan Taliban confirmed that a U.S. drone strike killed their leader last week, and they announced his successor: Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, an extremist scholar without military experience.

Taliban Name New Leader

Senior Taliban members, after successfully evading American drone strikes for long enough to hold a leadership conference, have named a successor to the leader killed in a US airstrike last week. The Afghan Taliban, acknowledging Mullah Mansour's death for the first time, announced Wednesday that he will be succeeded by...

Taliban bomber hits court minibus in Kabul, killing 10

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — A suicide bomber targeted a vehicle carrying court employees in Kabul during morning rush hour on Wednesday, killing 10 people, an Afghan official said. The Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack. The bomber, who was on foot, detonated his explosives vest as he walked by the vehicle in the western part […]

Top general urges lawmakers to preserve Afghan visa program

WASHINGTON (AP) — Afghan civilians who assisted the American-led coalition as interpreters, firefighters and construction workers could be in serious danger if Congress cancels a program that allows them to resettle in the United States, according to the top American commander in Afghanistan. The warning from Army Gen. Show More Summary

Taliban Announces New Leader After Mullah Mansour’s Assassination

The Afghan Taliban named a new leader on Wednesday after the death of their chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. drone strike last week, a spokesman for the group said in a statement. Haibatullah Akhunzada served as one of Mansour’s...Show More Summary

Tethered drone provides a hovering watchtower to troops on the ground

17 hours agoTechnology / Gadgets : Gizmag

From Gengis Khan and his Mongol commanders to jihadis hiding in the Afghan mountains, fighters have always gravitated towards elevated vantage points to better prepare for incoming enemies. Technology has changed the face of warfare but the benefits of holding the higher ground remain the same, even if it's a flying robot doing the legwork for you. Show More Summary

Afghan Taliban Appoint New Leader After Mansour’s Death

The new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, a former deputy to Mansour

Ten killed in suicide attack near Afghan capital

KABUL (Reuters) - A suicide attack on a bus carrying staff from an appeal court killed 10 people and wounded four on Wednesday west of the Afghan capital, Kabul, an interior ministry spokesman said.

Afghan Taliban says Haibatullah Akhunzada is new leader

Afghan group unveils slain chief Mullah Mansoor's successor and two deputy leaders Sirajuddin Haqqani and Mullah Yaqoob.

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and that they have appointed a successor.

Taliban Confirm Death of Leader, Mullah Mansour, in U.S. Drone Strike

19 hours agoNews : NYTimes: News

The leadership council of the Afghan militant group, conceding that Mullah Akhtar Muhammad Mansour had been killed, also named his successor and two deputies.

Afghan Taliban appoints new leader after Mansour's death

The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed a successor. In a statement sent to media Wednesday, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansour's deputies. It...

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour's death

KABUL (Reuters) - The Afghan Taliban have named Haibatullah Akhunzada their new leader, a spokesman said in a statement on Wednesday that gave the group's first official confirmation that former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike.

Death Of Taliban Leader In US Drone Strike May Unify Group

The Taliban leader’s death in a US drone strike last week may unify the movement, according to a senior Taliban member. Former Afghan foreign...

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