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Taliban leader Mullah Mansour believed killed in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan

Taliban leader Mullah Mansour believed killed in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan

The mercurial leader of the Taliban was likely killed in a drone strike Saturday, U.S. officials said, delivering a crucial blow to the resurgent militant group that has launched high-profile attacks across Afghanistan in recent months in a bid to topple the country's floundering government.

The airstrike, authorized by President Obama, hit Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour with missiles launched from drones overhead as he traveled in a vehicle around 3 p.m. local time with another man along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, southwest of the remote town of Ahmad Wal in western Pakistan.

U.S. military and intelligence officers were assessing the...

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