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Obama says Afghan Taliban’s Mullah Mansoor dead

US president calls apparent death an “important milestone” after several drones attack his Mansoor’s car in Pakistan.

US President Barack Obama has said Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was killed in a US strike.

In a statement on Monday, he called Mansour’s death an “important milestone”.

“We have removed the leader of an organization that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and Coalition forces, to wage war with the Afghan people, and align itself with extremist groups like al Qaeda.”

Afghanistan’s Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah said on Twitter a day earlier that Mansoor was dead, the country’s spy agency also said he had been killed, and a source close to Mansoor told Al Jazeera he believed the reports to be true.

The Taliban has not yet issued an official statement though some of the group’s officials earlier denied the reports. (Al-Jazeera)

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