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Reported Killing of Afghan Taliban Leader Leaves No Clear Successor

Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was formally named leader of the Taliban in July 2015, shortly after the militant group disclosed that founder Mullah Omar had died two years prior. The Afghan government said Mansoor was the de facto leader of the Taliban during the time that Omar’s death remained a secret, and he kept that news even from some top commanders. That led to some dissension among Taliban officials who were skeptical of how Mullah Omar’s succession was being handled, and of Mullah...

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