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Life after Mullah Omar: For Taliban, Afghanistan, and the peace talks

There is a view that the post-Omar situation in the Taliban — especially if the divisions within grow sharper — might provide an opening that New Delhi could use to engage with independent-minded factions.

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Taliban confirms leader Mullah Omar’s death, successor already in place

The two told The Associated Press that the Taliban Shura, or Supreme Council, has chosen Mullah Akhtar Mansoor as the new leader.

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Afghan intelligence: Taliban leader Mullah Omar dead for more than 2 years

Abdul Hassib Seddiqi, the spokesman for Afghanistan’s National Directorate of Security, said Mullah Omar died in a hospital in the Pakistani city of Karachi in April 2013.

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Taliban’s reclusive leader Mullah Omar: All you need to know

Citing Afghan government and intelligence sources, the BBC said that Mullah Omar died two to three years ago. No further details were released.

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The Great Game Folio: China’s Taliban

At a time when America is in political retreat and the Western economic footprint is declining in Afghanistan, China has naturally loomed large in Kabul.

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Taliban, Afghanistan government to hold second round of peace talks by July end

The ice-breaking talks started on July 7 when the warring sides held their first open and direct talks at Pakistan’s hill resort of Murree near capital Islamabad.

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Taliban chief Mullah Omar hails Afghanistan peace talks

“If we look into our religious regulations, we can find that meetings and even peaceful interactions with the enemies is not prohibited,” he said in his message on the eve of Eid.

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Afghan President thanks Pakistan for hosting Taliban talks

Ghani praised Pakistan’s efforts and reiterated his own priorities to have a “permanent peace in Afghanistan.

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Taliban distance themselves from talks, denies having ‘leadership’s authorisation’

The Taliban did not issue any official acknowledgment that the talks had taken place.

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Taliban wages bloody offensive, suicide attacks on NATO troops in Afghanistan

The attacker detonated a lorry loaded with explosives at the gate of the police headquarters in Lashkar Gah, the capital of volatile Helmand province.

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Taliban ambush kills 11 Afghan soldiers

There was no immediate claim of responsibility, but Taliban militants have increased their attacks on Afghan security forces since launching their annual spring offensive.

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Taliban, Islamic State joined forces against Afghan government: UN ambassador

Afghan forces have been stretched, tested, and faced operational challenges since taking on full security responsibilities following an end to the US and NATO combat mission.

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In continuing Afghan violence, reflection of the war for its Throne of Blood

In beating back Monday’s attackers, Afghan forces showed they might yet stand and deliver — concerted international action, however, remains key.

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Taliban captures second district in Afghanistan’s Kunduz province

Taliban captured Chardara on Sunday and Dashti Archi on Monday, both districts of the Kunduz province. No precise account of casualties were given but locals are said to be trapped in the district.

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Afghanistan parliament attack: 6 Taliban militants dead, 18 civilians wounded

The explosion struck as lawmakers were seen leaving the Afghanistan parliament. Police said there were four large explosions.