WASHINGTON — The apparent death of Taliban leader Mullah Mansoor on Saturday won’t have an immediate impact on the military operations of the insurgent group, which has been expanding in recent months, analysts and Afghan government officials said.
“The political leadership does not really impact the military operations,” said Said Jawad, the senior foreign policy adviser for Abdullah Abdullah, Afghanistan’s senior executive. Still, Jawad described the U.S. strike on Mansoor as “good news.”
Mansoor was not a major leader firmly in control of the Taliban, analysts said.
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