Akhundzada, Mullah Haibatullah

Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada was named as Taliban leader after a US drone strike killed the previous leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour. Akhunzada is known primarily as a religious leader who ran religious schools from which many Taliban have graduated. He has recently spoken about the need for national reconciliation.

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