Taliban leader believed killed in drone strike

Washington Examiner:
The U.S. has attempted a "decapitation" attack against the Taliban's top leader, Mullah Mansur, who assumed leadership of the group in Afghanistan after the death of Mullah Omar.

A Pentagon statement says the strikes targeted Mansur, and that results are still being assessed.

But privately, Pentagon officials tell the Washington Examiner they believe the Taliban leader was "likely" killed in the strike conducted by several drones operated by U.S. special operations forces. Sources says Mansur was in a vehicle with a second man, who is also believed to have been killed in the attack, which occurred at 6:00 a.m. EDT.

The attack was conducted "in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region," according to the Pentagon statement, southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal.
There is more.

If he was in the vehicle in the accompanying photo with the story, he is dead.  The chances of anyone surviving that attack are remote.

Whether a decapitation strike on the leader of the Taliban will have any material effect on their operations is an open question.  The enemy continues to operate after several such strikes.


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