Taliban Confirm Death of Leader in U.S. Strike, Announce Replacement

May 25, 2016 5:20 AM

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Taliban Confirm Death of Leader in U.S. Strike, Announce Replacement

The Afghan Taliban confirmed the death of leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor in a U.S. air strike and named a new head early Wednesday.

Spokesmen from the militant Afghan group told NBC News that Mansoor's former deputy, Haibatullah Akhundzada, was elevated to the top position. Sarajuddin Haqqani was named first deputy and Mullah Yaqub, the son of notorious former Taliban leader Mullah Omar, was named second deputy, the spokesmen sa...

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