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Some Taliban leaders may join peace with confirmation of Mansoor’s death: Abdullah


KABUL: The Chief Executive Officer Abdullah Abdullah has said some Taliban leaders will likely join peace process with the confirmation of Mullah Akhtar Mansoor’s death.

Abdullah further added an investigation is underway by the government of Afghanistan to ascertain the fate of Mullah Mansoor.

The Chief Executive Officer said Mansoor has most probably been killed in the airstrike by the US forces which targeted his vehicle.

He also added that the government will announce the death of Mansoor once they have received accurate information regarding his fate.

Abdullah said Mansoor assumed charge of the Taliban leadership following the death of Mullah Mohammad Omar and spared no efforts to kill the Afghan people.

According to Abdullah, Mullah Mansoor was a major barrier on the way of the Afghan reconciliation efforts and his death will be a major blow to the Taliban group.

The US Department of Defense confirmed Saturday “Today, the Department of Defense conducted an airstrike that targeted Taliban leader Mullah Mansur in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region.”

Calling Mansoor an obstacle to peace and reconciliation between the Afghan government and Taliban, DOD said Mansoor as 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.

“Since the death of Mullah Omar and Mansur’s assumption of leadership, the Taliban have conducted many attacks that have resulted in the death of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and Afghan security forces as well as numerous U.S. and coalition personnel. We are still assessing the results of the strike and will provide more information as it becomes available,” the statement added. -KP


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