President Obama Confirms Taliban Commander Death in US Drone Strikes

Time: 9:03 a.m. CEST Update:11:16 a.m. CEST

President Barack Obama confirmed on Monday in Vietnam the death of the Taliban commander Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour in the U.S. drone strikes. “It has been confirmed Mansour is death,” Obama said during the news conference with the President of Vietnam, Tran Dai Quang.

President Obama reassured on Monday that remaining about 10.000 U.S. military personnel in Afghanistan are not participating in the ground fights and the military advisers are in Afghanistan to help Afghan security forces to secure their own country. But, Obama briefly explained his decision to order the drone strike, which targeted Taliban commander. Obama said, it is his responsibility as a commander in chief not to stand by, but to make sure to send clear signal to the Taliban.

“That is exactly the message that has been sent,” Obama said in Vietnam.

Obama also talked on Mansour, as someone who targeted the U.S. personnel and troops inside of Afghanistan. “When we have high-profile leader who has been part of plans to harm U.S. personnel,” and “who has been resistant to the peace talks and reconciliation,” it is his responsibility to act.

Obama did not share further details on the drone strikes, on which Afghanistan  intelligence agency said, “Mansour had been killed in an air attack Saturday afternoon.” National Directorate of Security, said the attack was in Baluchistan in Pakistan. “Mullah Abdul Rauf, who recently reconciled with Mansour after initially rebelling against his ascension to the leadership, told The Associated Press that, ‘Mansour died in the strike late Friday in the Afghanistan-Pakistan border area.’”



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