Obama says Taliban leader's death a 'milestone' for Afghan peace

    Obama says Taliban leader's death a 'milestone' for Afghan peace

    May 23, Hanoi: US President Barack Obama has said the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour marks an "important milestone" in the longstanding effort to bring peace to Afghanistan.

    Mansoor was killed in a US strike in Pakistan. He had emerged as the successor to Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, whose 2013 death was only revealed last summer

    In a written statement issued in Vietnam, Obama said that Mansour's death removes the leader of an organization that has continued to plot and unleash attacks on U.S. and coalition forces and that has waged war against the Afghan people.

    He also said that the U.S. would continue to take action against extremist networks that target the United States.

    Afghanistan's Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Twitter on Sunday that Mansoor was dead, the country's spy agency also said he had been killed.

    However, the Taliban has not yet issued an official statement though some of the group's officials earlier denied the reports.

    The Oslo Times


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