>> Afghan Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansoor, believed killed by a U.S. drone. The strike plowed into a car carrying two passengers in a remote border region of Pakistan on Saturday. The Taliban and Afghan governments confirming the deaths. The Pentagon awaiting the identification of the bodies. Mansoor's death would likely trigger a battle for succession and deepen divisions in the Taliban.
The strike was authorized by President Obama and included multiple drones in a bid to kill someone the US describes as an obstacle to peace. Washington, convinced the Taliban, under Mansoor's leadership, grew closer to groups like Al Qaeda. Such alliances, they believe, would pose a real threat to US security.
Pakistan called this strike a violation of its sovereignty. But US Secretary of State John Kerry defended the action on a trip to Myanmar. Mansoor was a threat to that effort and to bringing an end to the violence. And the suffering that the people of Afghanistan have endured for so many years now.
He also was directly opposed to peace negotiations and to the reconciliation process.>> Early signs the Taliban is out to avenge Mansoor's death. Rocket's were fired in the Western Afghan city of Herat on Sunday killing at least one.
forts to broker a talk between the Afghan government and Taliban stalled after a suicide attack killed 64 people in Kabul last month.
Mansoor's deputy leads a notorious network blames the most major suicide attacks in the capitol. Were he could to take over, the group would be unlikely to return to the negotiating table.