Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after Mansour’s death

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KABUL, Afghanistan — The Afghan Taliban has confirmed that its former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike last week and appointed a successor.

In a statement sent to media Wednesday, the insurgent group says its new leader is one of Mansour’s deputies (Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada). The Taliban says 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, believed to be the first time a Taliban leader was killed in such a way inside Pakistani territory.