The new leader of the Afghan Taliban vowed to continue his group's bloody 14-year insurgency in an audio message released today (August 1, 2015), urging his fighters to remain unified after the death of their longtime leader, according to the USA Today website.
The audio message from Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansoor also included comments about the Taliban's peace talks with the Afghan government, although it wasn't clear whether he supported them or not.
Mansoor took over the Taliban after the group on July 30 confirmed that former leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had died and said they elected Mansoor as his successor.
"We should keep our unity, we must be united, our enemy will be happy in our separation," Mansoor said in his message. "This is a big responsibility for us. This is not the work of one, two, or three people. This is all our responsibility to carry on jihad until we establish the Islamic State."