first published on May 22, 2016 by Will
U.S. officials have announced that the top Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was targeted, and most likely killed in a drone strike near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border on Saturday.
Mansour took power last year after it was announced that the founder and previous long-time Taliban leader Mullah Mohammad Omar had died. After Omar’s death, the Islamist insurgent group fought amongst themselves over who should be made leader. Saturday’s deadly strike on Mansour is sure to further that divide and may lead to more infighting and a possibly weaker Taliban.