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Afghan Taliban Names New Chief

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The Afghan Taliban has named Mawlawi Haibatullah Akhundzada as its new leader. He takes the place of Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour, who was recently killed by a U.S. drone strike.  

Akhundzada has declared that, unlike his predecessor, he will not pursue peace talks with the Afghan government and that 'terror on enemies' will continue. 

We talk about the new Taliban chief and the regional ramifications with Vali Nasr, dean of the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).

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