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Mullah Mansour's killing: What does it mean for Afghanistan, Taliban and Pakistan

Change in Taliban leadership may not alter its philosophy as it is decided by a 'Shura' rather than the leader alone

Rohan Joshi

On May 21, 2016, the United States conducted a drone attack along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border that killed the leader of the Taliban, Mullah Akhtar Mansour.  The attack represented the first time the U.S. has targeted a Taliban chief since the U.S.-led coalition began pressing for talks between Afghanistan and the Taliban.   U.S. officials confirmed that they informed Pakistan and Afghanistan of the drone strike after it had occurred.  In response, Pakistan predictably protested the “violation” of its “sovereignty.”  Pakistan’s ...