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Afghanistan sees Taliban leader as rigid conservative uninterested in peace


KABUL The Afghan government is looking warily at the conservative religious scholar who has assumed leadership of the Taliban, seeing in him a rigid proponent of hardline orthodoxy who is unlikely to favour peace talks, officials said.


Obama says expects Taliban to continue strategy of violence under new leader 26 May 2016

ISE-SHIMA, Japan U.S. President Barack Obama said on Thursday he expects the Taliban to continue a strategy of violence following the appointment of a hardline leader, adding that the United States aims to uphold Afghanistan's fragile democratisation and prevent its use as a base by Islamic State.


Afghan Taliban appoint a new leader, Kabul urges peace 26 May 2016

KABUL/PESHAWAR, Pakistan The Afghan Taliban named an Islamic legal scholar who was one of former leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour's deputies to succeed him on Wednesday, after confirming Mansour's death in a U.S. drone strike at the weekend. | Video


New Afghan Taliban leader was compromise candidate - sources 25 May 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan Haibatullah Akhundzada, the Islamic legal scholar appointed leader of the Afghan Taliban on Wednesday, was not the obvious choice when senior members of the militant movement gathered to appoint a new "emir".


Pakistan can't confirm Taliban leader is dead, criticises U.S. drone strike 24 May 2016

ISLAMABAD Pakistan's interior minister said on Tuesday he could not confirm that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour had been killed in a U.S. drone strike, and described Washington's justification for the attack as "against international law".

Afghanistan says Taliban shadow governor in Helmand killed 24 May 2016

LASHKAR GAH, Afghanistan A senior Taliban leader identified by Afghan authorities as a shadow governor of the southern province of Helmand has been killed by security forces, officials said on Tuesday, although the Taliban immediately denied the report.


U.S. says late Taliban leader was planning attacks on Americans 24 May 2016

PESHAWAR, Pakistan/WASHINGTON U.S. President Barack Obama approved the drone strike that killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour because the Taliban leader was overseeing plans for new attacks on American targets in Kabul, the Afghan capital, U.S. officials said on Monday. | Video

Taliban chief killed because he posed threat to U.S. troops - Pentagon 23 May 2016

WASHINGTON U.S. forces killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an air strike last week because he was engaged in plotting that posed "specific, imminent threats" to U.S. and coalition troops in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Monday.


Afghan governor sees more fighting after Taliban leader killed 23 May 2016

KABUL Power struggles among the Taliban following the death of their leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour will probably lead to more fighting and suicide attacks in the coming weeks, a powerful Afghan provincial governor said on Monday.


India to boost Iran port project, links to Afghanistan 23 May 2016

BEIRUT Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday pledged up to $500 million to develop the southern Iran port of Chabahar, in a move to give his country trade access to Iran, Afghanistan and central Asia.