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Pentagon: US airstrike targets Taliban leader Mullah Mansour

  • FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015 file photo, an Afghan man reads a local newspaper with photos of the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, in Kabul, Afghanistan.  The Pentagon has announced that the U.S. has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. 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.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

    FILE - In this Dec. 6, 2015 file photo, an Afghan man reads a local newspaper with photos of the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Mansour, in Kabul, Afghanistan. The Pentagon has announced that the U.S. has conducted an airstrike targeting Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. 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. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)  (The Associated Press)

  • Map locates Ahmad Wal in Pakistan; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;

    Map locates Ahmad Wal in Pakistan; 2c x 3 inches; 96.3 mm x 76 mm;  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 file photo, shows Taliban leader Mullah Mansour.  The U.S. conducted an airstrike Saturday, May 21, 2016, against the Taliban leader the Pentagon said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a remote region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He said the U.S. was studying the results of the attack.  (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)

    FILE - In this Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015 file photo, shows Taliban leader Mullah Mansour. The U.S. conducted an airstrike Saturday, May 21, 2016, against the Taliban leader the Pentagon said, and a U.S. official said Mansour was believed to have been killed. Pentagon press secretary Peter Cook said the attack occurred in a remote region along the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. He said the U.S. was studying the results of the attack. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, File)  (The Associated Press)

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.