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Afganistan: breakaway Taliban faction appoints new leader

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By Euronews
Afganistan: breakaway Taliban faction appoints new leader

<p>In Afghanistan, the appointment of the new leader of a breakaway faction of the Taliban has prompted fears of a spike in militant attacks. </p> <p>In a video filmed by Associated Press in south-eastern Zabul province, Emdadullah Mansoor vowed to fight foreign forces and enact revenge for the group’s slain leader, his uncle Mullah Mansoor.</p> <p>“My name is Emdadullah Mansoor, Mullah Mansoor’s nephew, I accept the leadership of these men based on the decision of the clerics,” he said. </p> <p>The faction’s longtime leader, Mullah Mansoor, was killed in fighting with rivals last year. </p> <p>That is thought to highlight the complex layers of Afghanistan’s insurgency, where though dominant, the Taliban is not the only group waging war against the government in Kabul.</p>