Taliban Picks New Emir – Mullah Akhtar Mansoor will Replace Mullah Omar
The Afghan Taliban confirmed the death of Mullah Omar this week.
The terror group has a new leader.
New Emir of the Taliban – Mullah Akhtar Mansoor when he studied at Dar-ul-Uloom Haqqania Madrassa in Pakistan.
— Makhdoom Qaiser PSP (@MakhdoomQaiser) July 30, 2015
The Taliban elected a new leader this week during meetings in Quetta.
The Taliban has elected Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as its new leader, Taliban sources have told Al Jazeera, as the group confirmed the death of their founder Mullah Omar.
The election, which was reported on Thursday, has not been officially confirmed by the Taliban. But a commander present at the meeting to elect Mansoor confirmed the report to the Reuters news agency.
Reports said the election was held in Pakistan’s city of Quetta.
The news comes as a Taliban representative and the group’s Twitter account confirmed the death of Omar, Al Jazeera’s Qais Azimy said. However, the group refused to give information where and when Omar had died.
Mansoor will be only the second leader the Taliban have had since Omar, an elusive figure rarely seen in public who founded the group in the 1990s.
Peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government have been postponed.