Mullah Omar’s family refuses to back new Taliban leader

August 3, 2015 10:04 AM

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The family of deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar has refused to pledge allegiance to his successor, calling on religious scholars to settle a growing rift within insurgent ranks over the power transition.

Mullah Akhtar Mansour was announced as the new Taliban leader on Friday following the announcement of the death in 2013 of Mullah Omar, who led the militant movement for some 20 years.

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