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    Al-Qaeda Leader Swears Loyalty to New Taliban Chief

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    Al-Qaeda’s alleged emir has vowed allegiance to a new Taliban commander in Afghanistan after the Afghan jihadist group’s previous Number One was killed in an airstrike, US media reported Saturday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) In an audio message circulated through al-Qaeda social networks on Friday, a man sounding like the Sunni militant group’s leader Ayman Zawahiri swore loyalty to Taliban’s Haibatullah Akhundzada, according to the CNN channel.

    Al-Qaeda’s purported emir said he was sad to learn about the demise of Akhundzada’s predecessor, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, who was confirmed to have died in May in a US drone strike in Pakistan’s Balochistan province near the Afghan border.

    The recording’s authenticity could not be independently verified.

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