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New Afghan Taliban leader appeals for unity in first public message| Reuters

Aug 01, 2015    

DERA ISMAIL KHAN/ PESHAWAR, Pakistan The new Afghan Taliban leader appealed for unity in the insurgency in his first public message released on Saturday amid reports his predecessor's family members opposed his selection. The new head, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour, was deputy for several years to the elusive one-eyed former leader Mullah Omar, who served as a unifying figure and a spiritual guide for the insurgency despite his absence. This week the Taliban confirmed Omar had been dead for some time. The Afghan government said it was more than two years. Mansour's selection could be a promi...

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