Killed Taliban Leader Showed No Inclination to Engage in Peace Talks - DOS

© AFP 2022This photograph taken on May 21, 2016 shows Pakistani local residents gathering around a destroyed vehicle hit by a drone strike in which Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was believed to be travelling in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan, around 160 kilometres west of Quetta.
This photograph taken on May 21, 2016 shows Pakistani local residents gathering around a destroyed vehicle hit by a drone strike in which Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour was believed to be travelling in the remote town of Ahmad Wal in Balochistan, around 160 kilometres west of Quetta. - Sputnik International
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The United States did not see any indications that former Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour was willing to join the reconciliation process in Afghanistan before he was killed by a US drone strike, State Department spokesperson Mark Toner told reporters on Monday.

WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — Earlier in the day, President Barack Obama confirmed Mansour's death in a US drone strike carried out several days ago. Mansour has been the Taliban's top commander since Mullah Mohammad Omar was confirmed dead in July 2015.

"Mansour showed…absolutely no predilection towards engaging in any kind of peaceful political process."

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The US airstrike, Toner noted, sends a clear message that the Taliban will be targeted and no longer enjoys safe haven if they continue to attack US and Afghan forces.

The Taliban needs to decide if they want a peaceful future and would negotiate with Afghan government officials, the spokesperson added.

On Monday, US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said in a statement that the killing of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour has removed one obstacle in efforts to bring peace to Afghanistan.

On July 29, 2015, Afghan President Ashraf Ghani’s office confirmed that "based on credible evidence," Mullah Omar had died in Pakistan in April of 2013.

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