An Afghan newspaper headlines pictures of the new leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor, left, and Mullah Mohammad Omar, in Kabul, Afghanistan, Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)
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The head of the Taliban's Qatar-based political office has stepped down, a statement said, a high-profile resignation within leadership ranks highlighting growing discord over the movement's recent power transition.Mullah Akhtar Mansour was announced as the new Taliban chief Friday after the insurgents confirmed the death of Mullah Omar, who led the militant movement for some 20 years.Underscoring the deepening internal divisions, Tayeb Agha stepped down Monday as head of the Taliban's political office, set up in Qatar in 2013 to facilitate peace talks, according to a statement.The Taliban have not given details of when and where Omar died but the Afghan government said it happened in Karachi in April 2013 .The Taliban continued to release official statements in the name of Omar, who had not been seen in public since the Taliban were toppled from power in 2001, as recently as last month.
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