Afghan Taliban names new leader
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The Afghan Taliban has named its new leader after a U.S. drone strike killed its previous chief, according to CNN.

Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada will guide the Taliban going forward after previously serving as a scholar and religious teacher.

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Reports emerged Sunday that Mullah Akhtar Mansur was killed during a U.S. military drone strike in Pakistan authorized by President Obama.

Obama confirmed the news Monday, hailing it as a major victory in America’s ongoing struggle with the Afghan Taliban.

“Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan,” he said in a statement.

“Mansur rejected efforts by the Afghan government to seriously engage in peace talks and end the violence that has taken the lives of countless innocent Afghan men, women and children."

The Afghan Taliban has also promoted the son of one of its other previous leaders, CNN reported.

Malawi Sirajuddin Haqqani, son of Mullah Mohammed Omar, is now serving as one of Akhundzada’s deputies.

Haqqani leads the Haqqani terror network, which has long collaborated with the Afghan Taliban and al Qaeda.

Omar reportedly died in Pakistan two years ago after serving as the Afghan Taliban’s leader since its inception in 1994.