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US General in Afghanistan: Mansour Was an Obstacle to Peace

Aug. 1, 2015 file photo shows Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)
Aug. 1, 2015 file photo shows Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan -- The top U.S. commander in Afghanistan says that Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour was an obstacle to peace and his death will have a disruptive effect on the insurgency.

Resolute Support Commander, Gen. John W. Nicholson said Monday during a visit to northern Kunduz province that Mansour rejected the chance offered by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani to participle in the peace process.

President Barack Obama also said Mansour's death marks an "important milestone" in the longstanding effort to bring peace to Afghanistan.

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

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