ISI hid news of Mullah Omar's death: Ex-Pentagon official

 Pakistan's intelligence had knowledge about the death of reclusive Taliban chief Mullah Omar and its move to hide the news is "failure" of not only the US-Pak intelligence co-operation, but also the American intelligence as well, a former top Pentagon official has said.

New Taliban leader welcomes al Qaeda chief`s pledge of loyalty

The Taliban`s new leader on Friday welcomed al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri`s pledge of allegiance which could bolster his accession amid a bitter power struggle within the Afghan militant movement.

Al Qaeda`s Zawahiri pledges allegiance to new Taliban chief

 Al Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri on Thursday pledged his group`s allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour who is facing a bitter struggle over his leadership.

'Afghan Taliban will not make any leadership change'

Afghan Taliban will not change its decision to appoint Mullah Akhtar Mansour as the group's chief as he was elected by a "clear majority" with only a "few people" opposing him, Mullah Omar's former spokesman has said.

Taliban bombing kills up to 29 in northern Afghanistan

A Taliban attack killed up to 29 people in northern Afghanistan, officials said Sunday, after a wave of lethal bombings in the capital as the insurgency escalates following a bitter power transition.

US condolences over deadly attacks in Afganistan

The United States has sent condolences to Kabul over a barrage of bomb attacks that killed at least 51 people in the deadliest day of fighting in years, the White House said Saturday.

Afghan envoy seeks blessings of 'father of Taliban' for peace

Afghanistan's envoy to Pakistan today met an influential Islamist cleric and asked him to support the peace and reconciliation in his war-torn country.

Suicide blast hits Kabul police academy, heavy casualties feared

A suicide attacker struck near the Kabul police academy Friday, officials said, with heavy casualties expected in the second major attack in the Afghan capital in less than 24 hours.

Deadly suicide attacks kill 35, wound hundreds in Kabul
Deadly suicide attacks kill 35, wound hundreds in Kabul

 At least 35 Afghan cadets were killed when a suicide attacker blew himself up near the Kabul police academy on Friday, officials said.

Pak Defence Minister Asif denies Mullah Omar died in Pakistan

Pakistan Defence Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif has denied that Taliban leader Mullah Omar died in Pakistan or buried there.According to the Dawn, he said that Omar was neither in Quetta nor Karachi, adding that Pakistan does not want to be involved in controversy pertaining to Taliban leadership.His comments came while he was addressing the National Assembly.

Nine dead in first major Afghan Taliban attack since power transition

Six people were killed Thursday when a Taliban suicide truck bomber struck a police compound in Afghanistan, in the first major insurgent attack since the announcement of leader Mullah Omar`s death.

More resignations as Taliban try to heal leadership rift
More resignations as Taliban try to heal leadership rift

Two more senior figures in the Taliban`s Qatar political office have resigned, militants said Thursday, as the movement began efforts to reconcile feuding factions amid an increasingly bitter leadership struggle.

Taliban kill six in first major attack since power transition

A Taliban truck bomber killed up to six people in a province south of Kabul Thursday in the first major attack since the insurgents confirmed the death of their leader Mullah Omar.

Power struggle in Taliban, Mullah Omar's son killed in Pakistan?
Power struggle in Taliban, Mullah Omar's son killed in Pakistan?

Just days after the reports of former Taliban chief Mullah Omar's death surfaced, Afghanistan government on Tuesday said that his son Mullah Yaqub was killed last week in Pakistan's Quetta, reports said.

Taliban dissidents launch parallel council amid rift: Report

 Amid a widening rift over succession following Mullah Omar's death, senior Taliban leaders opposed to Mullah Akhtar Mansour's nomination as the group's supremo have launched a parallel council, according to a media report.

Pak PM Sharif, Army chief discuss Afghan situation amid Taliban rift

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the army chief today held discussions over the emerging Afghan situation amid a reported rift between different Taliban factions over succession after Mullah Omar's death.

Why did they hide Mullah Omar`s death? Taliban ruling council members ask
Why did they hide Mullah Omar`s death? Taliban ruling council members ask

The family of deceased Taliban leader Mullah Omar has refused to pledge allegiance to his successor, calling on religious scholars to settle a growing rift within insurgent ranks over the power transition.

'Mullah Omar's family does not endorse new Taliban leader'
'Mullah Omar's family does not endorse new Taliban leader'

The family of late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has not backed his announced successor, it said on Sunday, and wants the new chief to be chosen by leading Islamic scholars and veterans of the movement.

Mullah Omar's family does not endorse new Taliban leader-statement

The family of late Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar has not backed his announced successor, it said on Sunday, and wants the new chief to be chosen by leading Islamic scholars and veterans of the movement.

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour urges unity in ranks in first audio message
New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour urges unity in ranks in first audio message

New Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour called for unity in the movement Saturday in his first audio message since becoming head of the group that faces deepening splits following the death of longtime chief Mullah Omar.