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The Monitor's View An opening for peace in Afghanistan?

After a US drone killed the Taliban leader, a new leader emerges whose background suggests he might not oppose peace talks with the Afghan government. All countries involved in possible negotiations must pursue this possibility – especially Pakistan.

Americans were starkly reminded last week that their military’s role in Afghanistan is far from finished, nearly 15 years after the 9/11 attacks. A US drone strike killed the leader of the Taliban, Akhtar ­Mohammad Mansour. While the strike may seem aimed at a military defeat of the insurgent group, it was not. Rather, Mr. Mansour was targeted for being an obstacle to peace talks – and to the hopes for national reconciliation.

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