DoD Conducts Airstrike Against Taliban Leader Mullah Mansur
DoD Conducts Airstrike
Against Taliban Leader Mullah Mansur
DoD News, Defense Media Activity.
Washington D.C. — (DoD
News) — May 21, 2016 — The Defense Department conducted an airstrike
targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansur today in a remote area along the
Afghanistan-Pakistan border, according to a statement issued by Pentagon Press
Secretary Peter Cook.
Mansur became Taliban leader after the previous leader,
Mullah Omar, died from tuberculosis in April 2013. The press secretary called
Mansur “a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel and
According to the statement, Mansur is “actively involved with
planning attacks against facilities in Kabul and across Afghanistan." Under his
leadership, Cook said, “the Taliban have conducted many attacks that have
resulted in the death of tens of thousands of Afghan civilians and Afghan
security forces as well as numerous U.S. and coalition personnel.” He went on to
call the Taliban leader “an obstacle to peace” who prevents the Taliban from
participating in peace talks with with the Afghan government.
It is not yet known whether Mansur survived the airstrike,
Cook noted, adding "We are still assessing the results of the strike and will
provide more information as it becomes available.”