Pakistan Protests US Drone Strike that Killed Taliban Leader Mullah Mansour
Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was killed in a US drone strike on Saturday inside Pakistan.
Pakistan officials protested the US drone strike that killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour on Saturday. Government officials complained they were not notified of the strike beforehand.
Mullah Mansour was killed on Saturday.
Ya Libnan reported:
Pakistan accused the United States on Sunday of violating its sovereignty with a drone strike against the leader of the Afghan Taliban, in perhaps the most high-profile U.S. incursion into Pakistani territory since the 2011 raid to kill Osama bin Laden.
Afghanistan said the attack killed Mullah Akhtar Mansour, which, if confirmed, could trigger a succession battle within an insurgency that has proved resilient despite a decade and a half of U.S. military deployments to Afghanistan.
Afghan guerrilla commander Sirajuddin Haqqani, a possible successor to Mansour, would likely prove an even more implacable foe of Afghan government forces and their U.S. allies.
Still, the Saturday drone strike, which U.S. officials said was authorized by President Barack Obama, showed the United States was prepared to go after the Taliban leadership in Pakistan, which the government in Kabul has repeatedly accused of sheltering the insurgents.
Pakistan protested on Sunday, saying the U.S. government did not inform Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif beforehand.