Obama: Taliban leader’s death marks ‘milestone’

Updated 6:07 PM EDT, Mon May 23, 2016
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Senior Pakistani official says strike on Taliban leader surprised his country

Drone strike occurred in a remote area of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, U.S. official says

(CNN) —  

Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour was killed in an airstrike Saturday in Pakistan, the White House confirmed Monday.

A U.S. official said the drone strike occurred around 6 a.m. ET Saturday in a remote area of the Pakistan-Afghanistan border, southwest of the town of Ahmad Wal.

President Barack Obama said during his visit to Vietnam that the death of Mansour marks an “important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan.”

The President, who also confirmed Mansour’s death, added that it does not mark a “shift in our approach,” stressing that the United States is not reentering the day-to-day combat operations.

Mansour was the target of the strike, and a second adult male combatant traveling with him in a vehicle also was likely killed, the official said.