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Taliban leader confirmed killed in U.S. airstrike as focus turns to his successor

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Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2016

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig and Borhan Osman are quoted here on the succession for killed Taleban leader Mullah Mansur:

Others say Akhundzada, a former head of the Taliban’s religious courts, could have the upper hand. He was close to the group’s founder and spiritual leader, Mullah Mohammad Omar, according to an analysis by Thomas Ruttig and Borhan Osman of the Afghanistan Analysts Network, a Kabul-based research group.