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Afghan Taliban praise their new leader, say he was among Mullah Omar's most 'trusted' aides

  • Afghan boys walk along in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghan boys walk along in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • A general view shows the house of Mullah Mohammad Omar in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    A general view shows the house of Mullah Mohammad Omar in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • Afghans travel by motorbike and car in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)

    Afghans travel by motorbike and car in front of Mullah Mohammad Omar's house, in Kandahar province, south of Kabul, Afghanistan, Friday, July 31, 2015. The Taliban confirmed the death of longtime leader Mullah Omar and appointed his successor Thursday, as a new round of peace talks was indefinitely postponed amid concerns over how committed the new leadership is to ending the militant group's 14-year insurgency. (AP Photo/Allauddin Khan)  (The Associated Press)

The Afghan Taliban are praising their new leader, saying he was one of the most "trusted" associates of the late Mullah Mohammad Omar.

Friday's statement, sent to The Associated Press, says the new leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansoor, has also been given the title of "Commander of the Faithful," conferring on him the supreme status held by Mullah Omar.

It describes Mansoor as an "active director" of the jihad, or holy war, for some years.

The Taliban on Thursday confirmed that Mullah Omar died of an illness some time ago and said they elected Mansoor as his successor. The Afghan government announced Wednesday that the reclusive mullah had been dead since 2013.

The Taliban reacted by pulling out of peace talks that were scheduled to take place on Friday.