Killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour
The Afghan Taliban confirmed on Wednesday that their leader Akhtar Mansour was killed last week during U.S. drone attacks.
In Pakistan were held talks between Taliban leaders and appointed new managing Director of the rebel group. It appeared to be oidn of the two Deputy Mansour Heybatulla the Akhundov said in a statement sent to media.
Mansur was killed in Pakistan on Saturday when US drones attacked a car in which was the leader of the Taliban. It is believed that the government of Pakistan gave shelter and support to some of the leaders of the Taliban on the Afghan border. The rebels fought to overthrow the government in Kabul since 2001, when the Islamist regime was overthrown in a U.S. invasion.
The Afghan government repeatedly appealed to Mansour, in order to try to resolve the conflict peacefully, but their peace proposals were repeatedly rejected. Instead, he intensified the war in Afghanistan in 2015.
Mansur ruled by the Taliban since last summer on behalf of the deceased founder of the movement Mullah Omar. He managed to conceal the death from the public for 2 years. The truth about the death of Mullah Omar and the deceit of Mansur led to widespread mistrust. Some senior executives left the group to create their own faction.
The Taliban called on all Muslims to mourn Mansoura for 3 days. Leaders tried to eliminate any doubts among the rank and file soldiers, urging them to unity and loyalty to the new leader. "For the protection and development of our business, it is a religious duty to swear allegiance to the newly appointed leader and to continue the struggle under his leadership," the statement said.