Video footage obtained by RFE/RL purportedly shows a group of Taliban commanders pledging loyalty to the newly named Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada. He is said to be the new leader of the militant group after a U.S. drone strike killed Mullah Akthar Mansur. Akhundzada is not believed to be among those in the video. It was not clear where or when the video footage was shot, and there was no immediate independent confirmation of the video’s authenticity.
RFE/RL’s correspondent in Peshawar, Pakistan, has obtained video footage that purportedly shows a group of Taliban commanders pledging loyalty to the newly named Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Haibatullah Akhundzada.
Armenia’s Defense Minister Seyran Ohanian said on May 26 that his country’s armed forces and ethnic Armenian separatist fighters in Azerbaijan’s breakaway Nnagorno-Karabakh region have been fulfilling agreements recently reached by the presidents of Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Investigative reporter Khadija Ismayilova says the Azerbaijani government decided to release her from prison because her detention had become an embarrassment and had failed to frighten other reporters from pursuing stories about high-level corruption.
RFE/RL journalist Khadija Ismayilova says she will keep fighting to clear her name and to support the work of her colleagues in Azerbaijan. She was held on a series of charges which international observers said were retribution for her investigative reporting on corruption connected to Azerbaijan's ruling family. In an interview a day after her release from prison, Ismayilova called for the reopening of RFE/RL's Baku bureau, which was raided and shut down by Azerbaijani authorities...