Haibatullah Akhundzada Named New Leader of Afghan Taliban

May 25, 2016 5:20 AM

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Haibatullah Akhundzada Named New Leader of Afghan Taliban

The Afghan Taliban confirmed the death of leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a U.S. airstrike and named the group's chief justice as his replacement early Wednesday.

Akhundzada also served as a judge during the Taliban regime. After the group was routed by the U.S. invasion in 2001, he was made shadow chief justice. He has issued religious edits or "fatwas" justifying terrorist operations.

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