The Killing of Mullah Mansour

The Killing of Mullah Mansour

The killing of Taliban leader Mullah Mansour by a U.S. drone on May 21st is unlikely to improve the prospects for successful peace talks between Kabul and the Taliban.  This backgrounder describes why the Obama administration failed in its effort to broker talks between the Afghan government, the Taliban, and Pakistan.  It argues that the weight of United States action should be on continuing to support the Afghan government and security forces as they take the fight to the Taliban, though remaining open to further discussions with the Taliban in coordination with Kabul and Islamabad based on a position of strength by weakening the Taliban’s positions in Afghanistan and Pakistan over the course of the next year.