PENTAGON: May 23, 2016
On Saturday 21st May 2016, U.S. took war back to Pakistan with drone strike aimed at Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansour.
The drone strike incident happened on early Saturday marking another high profile U.S. military action in Pakistan since the raid that ended the life of the Al Qaeda emir, Osama bi Laden.
U.S. has been in front line in the war against terror and killing Taliban’s chief represent another determination of U.S. involvement in the war on terror, trying to cripple an insurgent group that has years had found refuge in Pakistan.
Pentagon in a report confirmed that their drone was targeting the top leader of the Afghan Taliban. Investigation to ascertain his death launched while President Obama has been quoted saying Mansour’s death “an important milestone.” In a statement released early Monday.
Killing the Top Taliban leader leaves the terrorist group in disarray by potentially destabilizing the group, lashing out to find a new leader.
It is expected now Pentagon confirmed Taliban was killed in Pakistan some Taliban supporters will deny he was killed.
Bruce Riedel, a South Asia expert at the Brookings Institution describes the killing of Taliban’s emir as an unprecedented move to decapitate the Taliban leadership in its safe haven of Pakistan.
Appointing a successor now may be more challenging, citing Omar’s eldest son, Mohammad Yaqob, and top deputies Sirajuddin Haqqani and Moulavi Haibatullah Akhunzada likely to be interested to take over the Taliban mantle.
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