Mullah Akhtar Mansour has ruled the Afghan Taliban since last year. Now the Pentagon says a series of drone strikes near the Pakistani town of Ahmad Wal have presumably killed the leader.
District governors and officials in Afghanistan are increasingly falling victim to insurgent attacks in the war-ravaged nation, highlighting the challenges they face as they strive to represent Kabul in contested areas.
The UN said rockets and heavy machine gun fire from Afghan Air Force helicopters killed and wounded scores of people during a raid last month. The majority of the victims were children attending a religious ceremony.
War-ravaged Afghanistan is expected to hold parliamentary elections this October but recent attacks on voter registration centers suggest that the elections could exact a higher toll than previously expected.
Two explosions in Afghanistan's capital have killed more than 20 people, officials say. The "Islamic State" has claimed responsibility for the attacks, which also targeted journalists.
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