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Official: Taliban Leader Mullah Mansour Believed to Have Been Killed in Targeted U.S. Airstrike

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In this Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 photo, plane directors, wearing yellow jerseys, oversee the takeoff of a U.S. Marine fighter jet aircraft aboard the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier. Pilots onboard have flown missions into both Iraq and Syria, part of the over 6,800 airstrikes carried out since August 2014. Some 20 percent of all coalition strikes come from aircraft launched from the nuclear-powered Roosevelt.(AP/Marko Drobnjakovic)

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Pentagon has announced that the U.S. has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. One American official says the U.S. believes Mansour was killed in a drone strike authorized by President Barack Obama.

Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a remote region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He said the U.S. was still studying the results of the attack, leaving Mansour's fate unclear.

But a U.S. official who wasn't authorized to publicly discuss the operation said Mansour and a second male combatant accompanying him in a vehicle were likely killed.

The official said the attack was carried out by unmanned aircraft operated by U.S. Special Operations Forces. The official said the operation occurred at about 6 a.m. EDT southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal.

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