Taliban Appoints New Leader
On Saturday, May 21 the United States successfully launched an airstrike, killing the Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, ending a reign of terror within the organization, Afghanistan and Pakistan.
"With the death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, we have removed the leader of an organization that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and Coalition forces, to wage war against the Afghan people, and align itself with extremist groups like al Qa'ida," said President Barack Obama in a statement on Monday after Mansur was killed in an airstrike Saturday in Pakistan.
The Taliban is an Islamic fundamentalist political movement in Afghanistan and Pakistan that is at war within the countries and pose a threat to the local government.
New Leader Vows to Continue Terror
CNN reported today that the Taliban have appointed a leader bent on continuing its legacy of terror on their enemies. According to CNN the Taliban have appointed Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada to lead the terrorist organization. CNN also said AKhundzada "will bring back the era of Mullah Mohammad Omar," referring to the one-eyed mujahedeen commander who led the group from its inception in 1994, with "a simple life, loyalty, and terror on enemies."
Obama told SRN news, "In the short term, we anticipate the Taliban will continue to pursue an agenda of violence."