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Taliban splinter faction picks new leader

  • The splinter faction of the Afghanistan Taliban which has challenged Mullah Akhtar Mansoor's leadership as illegitimate has picked a new leader, the media reported on Tuesday. "Mullah Omar's close aide Mullah Mohammad Rasoul, who refused to make allegiance to Mansoor, was chosen by his supporters as the supreme leader of Taliban fighters on Monday," Tolo television channel reported in its news bulletin. Neither the Taliban nor the Afghanistan government have commented on the report. (Source: IANS)