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Killing of Taliban chief in US drone strike deals blow to peace hopes

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Indian Express, 23 May 2016

AAN’s Thomas Ruttig comments on expectations that the killing of Taleban leader Mullah Mansur could open the door to talks and for insurgents to return from Pakistan to join peace efforts:

Thomas Ruttig, co-director of the Kabul-based Afghanistan Analysts Network, said: “There wasn’t much of a peace process. There was an attempt to get one going.

“If you then target their leader, that doesn’t really look to me like an invitation to talks [which had been discussed at the latest QCG meeting just some days earlier]. If it turns out that Mullah Mansour has been killed, or even just targeted, it will encourage their anger.”