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Afghan Peace Still Far Away After U.S. Kills Taliban Leader

  • Drone strike gives ‘new opportunity’ to Taliban: Afghan leader
  • Pakistan to face more pressure to help support peace efforts
This photograph taken on May 21, 2016 shows Pakistani local residents gathering around a destroyed vehicle hit by a drone strike in which Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was believed to be travelling in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan, around 160 kilometres west of Quetta. Afghan authorities scrambled May 22 to confirm the fate of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour after US officials said he was likely killed in drone strikes -- a potential blow to the resurgent militant movement. / AFP / - (Photo credit should read -/AFP/Getty Images)
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The U.S. drone strike that it says killed the Taliban’s leader on Saturday removed a major obstacle to peace in Afghanistan. Now comes the hard part: Reaching a lasting truce with his successor.

An unmanned aerial vehicle killed Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour in a remote border region of Pakistan, Afghanistan’s top intelligence agency confirmed on Sunday. It was the most significant targeted assassination in the 15-year war since U.S. forces killed Osama bin Laden in Pakistan in 2011.