Afghan Taliban leader likely killed in U.S. drone strike

May 22, 2016 6:01 AM

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Afghan Taliban leader likely killed in U.S. drone strike

WASHINGTON/KABUL The United States carried out an air strike on the leader of the Afghan Taliban, probably killing him in a remote area just inside the Pakistan border in an operation likely to sink any immediate prospect for peace talks.

If confirmed, the death of Mullah Akhtar Mansour may open up a battle for succession and deepen fractures that emerged in the insurgent movement after the death of its founder Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed last year, more than two years after he died.

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