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Al-Qaida Chief Pledges Support for New Afghan Taliban Leader

Al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri on Saturday pledged support for new Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Hibatullah Akhundzada, in a move widely seen by Western analysts as an attempt to limit the growth of the rival Islamic State militancy in Afghanistan. Zawahiri's endorsement came in a 14-minute video posted online.  In it, he described Akhundzada as the "emir of believers" and the "legitimate" head of a Muslim caliphate. For its part, the rival Islamic State —...

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