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Al-Qaida's Zawahiri Backs Taliban Leader

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has pledged allegiance to the new head of the Taliban. In an audio statement posted online, Zawahiri backs Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour amid in-fighting over the successor to the Taliban's deceased supreme commander, Mullah Mohammed Omar. Mansour was named chief in late July after the group confirmed its former leader's death. The voice of Egyptian-born Zawahiri is featured in a video released Thursday. It opens with footage of former...

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