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Breakaway Taliban faction names new leader in Afghanistan

  • In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Taliban suicide bombers stand guard during a gathering of a breakaway Taliban faction, in the border area of Zabul province, Afghanistan. The faction appointed a new leader for the group, the nephew of the faction’s leader who was killed last year. The development was announced in a video that was made available to The Associated Press. It said that Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor was named leader of the faction known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah at a gathering on Monday in southern Zabul province. The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group’s local commanders. (AP Photo/Mirwais Khan)

    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Taliban suicide bombers stand guard during a gathering of a breakaway Taliban faction, in the border area of Zabul province, Afghanistan. The faction appointed a new leader for the group, the nephew of the faction’s leader who was killed last year. The development was announced in a video that was made available to The Associated Press. It said that Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor was named leader of the faction known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah at a gathering on Monday in southern Zabul province. The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group’s local commanders. (AP Photo/Mirwais Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, a follower of a breakaway Taliban faction holds a weapon at a gathering, in Zabul province, southern Afghanistan. The faction, known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah, appointed a new leader for the group, the nephew of the faction’s leader who was killed last year. The development was announced in a video that was made available to The Associated Press. It said that Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor was named leader at the gathering on Monday. The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group’s local commanders. Arabic on headband reads, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger." (AP Photo/Mirwais Khan)

    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, a follower of a breakaway Taliban faction holds a weapon at a gathering, in Zabul province, southern Afghanistan. The faction, known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah, appointed a new leader for the group, the nephew of the faction’s leader who was killed last year. The development was announced in a video that was made available to The Associated Press. It said that Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor was named leader at the gathering on Monday. The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group’s local commanders. Arabic on headband reads, "There is no God but Allah and Mohammed is his messenger." (AP Photo/Mirwais Khan)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor, center, the new leader of the breakaway Taliban faction known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah, and others attend a gathering, in the southern Zabul province, Afghanistan. The faction appointed Mansoor, the nephew of the faction’s leader who was killed last year, in a development that was announced in a video made available to The Associated Press. It said that Mansoor was named leader at the gathering on Monday. The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group’s local commanders. (AP Photo/Mirwais Khan)

    In this Monday, Aug. 15, 2016 photo, Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor, center, the new leader of the breakaway Taliban faction known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah, and others attend a gathering, in the southern Zabul province, Afghanistan. The faction appointed Mansoor, the nephew of the faction’s leader who was killed last year, in a development that was announced in a video made available to The Associated Press. It said that Mansoor was named leader at the gathering on Monday. The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group’s local commanders. (AP Photo/Mirwais Khan)  (The Associated Press)

A breakaway Taliban faction in Afghanistan has appointed a new leader for the group, the nephew of the faction's leader who was killed last year.

The development was announced in a video, which was obtained by The Associated Press. It says that Mullah Emdadullah Mansoor was named leader of the faction known as Mahaaz-e-Dadullah at a gathering on Monday in southern Zabul province.

The meeting was attended by tribal and religious leaders, as well as the group's local commanders.

The video shows Mansoor accepting the leadership position among a crowd of gunmen. He is the nephew of Mullah Mansoor Dadullah who was killed in Khak-e-Afghan district of Zabul last year, fighting with rival Taliban.

Mansoor promised to "fight foreign forces" and exact revenge for the group's slain leader.