Taliban names replacement for leader U.S. drone hit just killed

May 25, 2016 6:36 AM

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Taliban names replacement for leader U.S. drone hit just killed

In a statement sent to media, the insurgent group said its new leader is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, one of two Mansour deputies. It said he was chosen at a meeting of Taliban leaders, which was believed to have been held in Pakistan.

Mansour was killed in Pakistan on Saturday when his vehicle was struck by a U.S. drone, an attack believed to be the first time a Taliban leader was killed in such a way inside Pakistani territory.

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