Tal­iban’s No. 1 dead

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

TWO high- rank­ing Afghan Tal­iban of­fi­cials have con­firmed the death of their leader, Mul­lah Mo­ham­mad Omar, and say a suc­ces­sor has been elected. The two said that the Tal­iban Shura, or Supreme Coun­cil, has cho­sen Mul­lah Akhtar Man­soor as leader. He has been act­ing as Mul­lah Omar’s deputy for three years. News of the death of Mul­lah Omar re­moves a uni­fy­ing fig­ure for the in­sur­gents, who are be­lieved to be split on whether to con­tinue the war or ne­go­ti­ate with the gov­ern­ment of Pres­i­dent Ashraf Ghani.

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