Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was likely killed in a U.S. military drone strike in Pakistan authorized by U.S. President Barack Obama, a U.S. official says, speaking on condition of anonymity. Mana Rabiee reports.
THIS is the Afghan Taliban leader U.S. officials say was likely killed by U.S. drone strikes. He's Mullah Akhtar Mansour... targeted Saturday on the Pakistan side of the remote border region with Afghanistan, in a mission authorized by President Barack Obama. Mansour had prevented Taliban leaders from participating in reconciliation talks with the Afghan government, prompting the Pentagon to brand him an obstacle to peace. The Pentagon also said he was actively involved in planning attacks that threatened U.S., Afghan and allied forces. Mansour's death, if it's confirmed, could have political repercussions within the Taliban. That's because the group's rival factions had rejected his leadership after he publicly assumed the role from his late predecessor. A State Department official said both Pakistan and Afghanistan were notified of the strike, but did not say whether the notification was given before the attack was carried out.