In a press release despatched to media Wednesday, the rebel group mentioned its new chief is Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada, a former head of the Taliban’s judiciary and one in every of two Mansour’s deputies.
It mentioned he was chosen at a gathering of Taliban leaders.
Sirajuddin Haqqani, head of a community blamed for a lot of high-profile bombs assaults in Kabul lately, and Mullah Mohammad Yaqoob, son of former chief Mullah Mohammad Omar, will function deputies, Zabihullah Mujahid, the Taliban’s fundamental spokesman, mentioned within the assertion.
Mansour was reported killed in Pakistan on Saturday when his automobile was struck by a US drone, believed to be the primary time a Taliban chief was killed in such a method inside Pakistani territory.
Mullah Mansour’s ascension
The obvious elimination of Mansour, who swiftly consolidated energy following a bitter Taliban management wrestle after the demise of Mullah Omar was revealed final 12 months, was anticipated to spark new succession battles inside the fractious motion.
The deaths of Taliban leaders have usually been falsely reported, and Mansour himself was rumoured to have been killed final December.
Mansour was formally appointed head of the Afghan Taliban in July final 12 months following the revelation that the group’s founder Mullah Omar had been useless for 2 years.
The group noticed a resurgence below the firebrand supremo with placing army victories, serving to to cement his authority by burnishing his credentials as a commander.
They briefly captured the strategic northern metropolis of Kunduz in September of their most spectacular victory in 14 years. Southern opium-rich Helmand province is sort of completely below rebel management.