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Video Purportedly Shows Taliban Commanders Pledging Loyalty To New Leader

Video footage obtained by RFE/RL purportedly shows a group of Taliban commanders pledging loyalty to the newly named Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. He is said to be the new leader of the militant group after a U.S. drone strike killed Mullah Akthar Mansur. Akhundzada is not believed to be among those in the video. It was not clear where or when the video footage was shot, and there was no immediate independent confirmation of the video’s authenticity.