US airstrikes Targets Taliban Leader

Time: 10:58 p.m. CEST

CNN publishes, Taliban leader “Mullah Mansour was likely killed in an airstrike in Pakistan on Saturday, a U.S. official told CNN.” The strike was at about 6:00 a.m. ET on Saturday in the remote area of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal. The strike was with unmanned aircraft, without collateral damage. The official, who talked to CNN said, President Obama “authorized the strike.”

On Saturday, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region,” Peter Cook, the Pentagon’s press secretary said in a statement. “Mansur has been the leader of the Taliban and actively involved with planning attacks against facilities in Kabul and across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel, and Coalition partners,” Cook said. “We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available.

Meanwhile, General Joseph Votel, commanding general of the U.S. Central Command, completed a secret several-hour-long trip to northern Syria to visit several locations where there are U.S. special operations forces and meet with local forces the U.S. is helping train to fight ISIS, as CNN reported.


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