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Taliban power struggle breaks out in wake of news of Mullah Omar's death

Taliban power struggle breaks out in wake of news of Mullah Omar's death

The brother of the late figurehead of the Afghan Taliban on Sunday joined a growing challenge to the extremist group's newly appointed leader, even as it offered a statement purportedly quoting a well-known militant supporting him. Mullah Abdul Manan, the brother of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar, told The Associated Press that new Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor was "selected" by a small clique of his own supporters. That comes after Mullah Omar's son, Yacoub, also warned Mansoor didn't have the support of the wider Taliban. With both men demanding a new vote, that could throw the leadership of the Taliban into greater disarray as it weighs...

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