Afghan Taliban Meet on Succession as Obama Confirms Leader’s Death

At Reuters, James Mackenzie and Matt Spetalnick report, “Senior Afghan Taliban figures were meeting on Monday to agree on a successor to Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the leader of the militant movement who U.S. President Barack Obama confirmed had been killed in an American air strike.” While the Taliban have yet to comment on┬áthe death of Mansour, senior officials confirmed that they are meeting in order to prevent the terrorist group from fragmenting. “The Taliban should seize the opportunity to pursue the only real path for ending this long conflict – joining the Afghan government in a reconciliation process that leads to lasting peace and stability,” Obama said.

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