Michael G. Mullen

Afghan Taliban pick new leader; future of peace talks is murky

The confirmation of former Afghanistan Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar’s death reverberated Thursday as the insurgent group reportedly selected a new leader but signaled growing dissension over peace talks with the Afghan government.

The Taliban acknowledged that the long-missing Omar had died and announced that its leadership council had selected as his replacement his former deputy, Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, who had been running the council in his absence. Mansoor’s election was reported by news media in Pakistan, where the Taliban leadership is based.

Afghan officials said a day earlier that Omar had died in April 2013 in Pakistan, resolving one of the...