Keep on fighting, says new Taliban chief

August 1, 2015 10:12 PM

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Keep on fighting, says new Taliban chief

KABUL - New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.

Barely a few hours after Mansour’s appointment was announced on Friday, powerful rivals within the fractious Taliban questioned the selection process, saying it was rushed and even biased.

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