This July 27, 2011, file image from a web posting by Al-Qaeda's media arm, as-Sahab, provided by IntelCenter, shows Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri. (AP Photo/IntelCenter, File)
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Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri pledged the group's allegiance to new Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an audio recording released Thursday on jihadi websites.Mansour was announced as the new Taliban chief on July 31, after the movement confirmed the death of Omar, who led Islamist insurgency for some 20 years.But splits have emerged in the Taliban following the appointment, with some top leaders, including Omar's son and brother, refusing to pledge allegiance to Mansour.
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