>> Pakistani Talibani leader Mullah Fazlullah has been killed in a joint US-Afghan airstrike in Afghanistan. Fazlullah was Pakistan's most wanted, notorious for attacks including one on a school that killed over 130 children in 2014. He is also believed to have ordered the 2012 shooting of schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was later awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.
His death confirmed by an official of a NATO led resolute support mission in Afghanistan. In March, the United States offered a $5 million reward for information on Fazlullah. Now the killing is likely to ease tension between the United States and Pakistan. Pakistan is considered key to persuading Afghan Taliban leaders to open negotiations to end the 17 year old war in Afghanistan.
The Pakistani Taliban seek to establish a harsh interpretation of Islamic rule but most of their fighters have now fled to Afghanistan. They are not to be confused with the Afghan Taliban who ruled Afghanistan for five years before being ousted in a 2001 US led military action.