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Afghan Taliban leader says committed to deal with U.S.

May 20, 2020 - 11:35 PM

In a rare message released ahead of the end of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, Haibatullah Akhundzada urges Washington 'not to waste' the opportunity offered by the deal to end America's longest war

DEAL. In this file photo, US Special Representative for Afghanistan Reconciliation Zalmay Khalilzad and Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar shake hands after signing a peace agreement during a ceremony in the Qatari capital Doha on February 29, 2020. File photo by Karim Jaafar/AFP

Taliban leader says no ceasefire as U.S. envoy heads to region

Jun 02, 2019 - 12:08 AM

The Taliban's fight 'and resistance against the occupation is nearing the stage of success, Allah willing,' says Taliban chief Haibatullah Akhundzada

NO CEASEFIRE. This AFPTV screen grab from a video made on May 28, 2019 in Moscow shows Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar during a conference marking a century of diplomatic relations between Afghanistan and Russia, followed by discussions with Afghan politicians about the future of the country. Photo by Nikolay Korzhov/AFPTV/AFP

New Taliban leader tells US to end Afghan 'occupation' in first message

Jul 02, 2016 - 3:49 PM

This is Taliban leader Maulawi Haibatullah Akhundzada s first message since its appointment as the militant group s supreme leader in May

This undated handout photograph released by the Afghan Taliban on May 25, 2016 shows, according to the Afghan Taliban, the new Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada posing for a photograph at an undisclosed location. The Afghan Taliban on May 25 announced Haibatullah Akhundzada as their new chief, elevating a low-profile religious figure in a swift power transition after officially confirming the death of Mullah Mansour in a US drone strike. Photo from Agence France-Presse

Qaeda chief backs new Taliban head as 'emir of believers'

Jun 11, 2016 - 10:02 PM

Al Qaeda chief Ayman al Zawahiri pledges allegiance to Afghan Taliban leader Haibatullah Akhundzada who was named as the Afghan Taliban s new leader last month

This still image from video obtained on October 26, 2012 courtesy of the Site Intelligence Group shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri speaking in a video. AFP PHOTO / Site Intelligence Group

6 killed as Taliban bombers raid Afghan courthouse

Jun 01, 2016 - 11:09 PM

The interior ministry says 5 civilians and a policeman are killed in the 30 minute assault

AFGHANISTAN ATTACK. Afghan security officials secure the scene of an attack by the Taliban at local courts in Ghazni, Afghanistan June 1, 2016. Photo by Sayed Mustafa/EPA

Afghan Taliban appoint new leader after deadly drone strike

May 25, 2016 - 1:14 PM

UPDATED Sirajuddin Haqqani an implacable foe of US forces and Mullah Yakoub the son of Taliban founder Mullah Omar are also appointed his deputies

Afghan Taliban announce Mullah Akhtar Mansour as new leader

Jul 31, 2015 - 12:04 PM

A Taliban says the process to choose Mullah Omar s successor has several stages: the group s ruling council would choose a candidate who must then be approved by a college of religious clerics