Taliban Leader Died in Drone Strike, Afghan Intelligence Says

May 23, 2016 1:07 AM

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Taliban Leader Died in Drone Strike, Afghan Intelligence Says

But until the strike against Mullah Mansour on Saturday, consecutive administrations in Washington had resisted the temptation of going after Taliban sanctuaries out of fear of angering Pakistan. Instead, American officials focused on pressuring the Pakistani military to force the Taliban’s leadership into joining peace talks with the Afghan government.

Pakistani officials were alerted to the attack against Mullah Mansour only after the strike, said a senior American official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss confidential operational details.

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