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May 29, 2016
Strike on Taliban chief shows dimming US hopes for Afghan peace
Washington (AFP) May 24, 2016
The US killing of Taliban chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour marks a significant shift for President Barack Obama, highlighting a new willingness to target the group's leaders in Pakistan and risk retaliatory attacks against struggling Afghan security forces. The move also shows that Obama has - at least for now - abandoned hopes of bringing the Taliban to the negotiating table for peace talks. US drones killed Mansour on Saturday in a remote area in Pakistan along the border with Afghanistan, the fi ... read more

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