It’s become a somewhat familiar story in the war on terror: The United States was presented with strong evidence that one of its highest-valued terrorist targets was inside Pakistan and exposed, so they assassinated him. In response, Pakistan rails against what it says is a breach of its sovereignty.
Although there have been several instances like that, the most famous happened in 2011, with 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden. He was found to be hiding in the town of Abbottabad in a compound a short distance from Pakistan’s top military academy. This weekend, it was the Taliban’s leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in Baluchistan province, in southwestern Pakistan.
Early Monday, the White House confirmed that Mansour was dead. President Obama, in Hanoi at the start of a trip to Vietnam and Japan, said in a written statement, “Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan. With the death of Taliban leader Akhtar Mohammad Mansur, we have removed the leader of an organization that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on American and Coalition forces, to wage war against the Afghan people, and align itself with extremist groups like al Qaeda.”
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