Taliban Announce New Leadership

- VOA News,August 1, 2015

The Afghan Taliban announced Friday that its 'shura' or supreme council has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new chief of the Afghan insurgent group a day after confirming reports of the death of its founder, Mullah Omar.

Friday's announcement in Pashto language was emailed to VOA by Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid. The new leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor served as deputy to Mullah Omar and was the head of the Taliban's political and military affairs. 

The announcement also said that Maulvi Haibatullah Akundzada and Maulvi Sirajuddin Haqqani have been appointed as deputies to Mansoor.

Sirajuddin Haqqani has long headed the so-called Haqqani network, a militant group aligned with the Taliban and based in North Waziristan, one of Pakistan’s tribal regions along the Afghan border. The network has been blamed for many of the deadliest attacks against coalition forces and the Afghan government during the war.

Taliban sources identified Maulvi Haibatullah Akhunzada as the former head of courts during the Taliban's rule in Afghanistan before 2001

塔利班最高委员会选定曼苏尔担任塔利班新领导人

- 美国之音,2015年8月1日

阿富汗塔利班星期五宣布,塔利班最高委员会选定穆拉·阿克塔尔·曼苏尔担任塔利班新领导人。一天前,塔利班证实其创建者穆拉·奥马尔已经死亡。

星期五,塔利班发言人穆贾希德以电邮方式将这一决定转发给美国之音。曼苏尔一直担任奥马尔的副手,并是塔利班政治及军事事务的负责人。

塔利班说,阿昆扎达和哈卡尼被任命为曼苏尔的副手。

长期以来,哈卡尼一直是所谓“哈卡尼网络”的负责人。哈卡尼是一个与塔利班结盟的激进组织,其根据地在巴基斯坦的北瓦济里斯坦。

塔利班消息人士说,阿昆扎达在塔利班统治阿富汗期间曾担任司法机构首脑。