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Afghan Taliban offer leader’s biography amid power struggle

Afghan Taliban offer leader’s biography amid power struggle

The Afghan Taliban published a biography of their new leader Monday as hundreds of insurgents met to resolve a dispute over his appointment following the death of figurehead Mullah Mohammad Omar.

The 5,000-word biography, emailed to journalists in five languages, offers the story of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, who now leads the Taliban in its fight against the Afghan government. It describes Mansoor, born in 1968, as a tireless holy warrior, good listener, neat dresser and ardent protector of civilians who was appointed as the insurgents’ leader “in full compliance with Islamic Shariah law.”

Mansoor “never nominated himself for leadership, rather he was selected as the only candidate … by members of the leading council of the Islamic Emirate and religious scholars,” the biography says, using the name of the former Taliban government.

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