Obama: Taliban Leader’s Death a ‘Milestone’ for Afghan Peace

HANOI, Vietnam (AP) -
This photo taken by freelance photographer Abdul Malik on Saturday, May 21, 2016, purports to show volunteers standing near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was allegedly traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near Afghanistan border. A senior commander of the Afghan Taliban confirmed on Sunday that the extremist group's leader, Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour, has been killed in a U.S. drone strike. (AP Photo/Abdul Malik)
Volunteers stand near the wreckage of the destroyed vehicle, in which Mullah Mohammad Akhtar Mansour was traveling in the Ahmed Wal area in Baluchistan province of Pakistan, near the Afghanistan border. (AP Photo/Abdul Malik)

President Barack Obama says the death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour marks an “important milestone” in the longstanding effort to bring peace to Afghanistan.

Obama says Mansour’s death removes the leader of an organization that has continued to plot against and unleash attacks on U.S. and coalition forces, and that has waged war against the Afghan people.

In a written statement issued as he traveled in Vietnam, Obama says the U.S. will continue to take action against extremist networks that target the United States.

Mansour was killed when a U.S. drone fired on his vehicle in the southwestern Pakistan province of Baluchistan. He had emerged as the successor to Taliban founder Mullah Mohammad Omar, whose 2013 death was only revealed last summer.