Taliban’s No. 1 dead
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.