It was less than a year ago that Mullah Akhtar Mansoor was announced leader of the Afghan Taliban.

His death in a US drone strike in Balochistan, a Pakistani region near the Afghan border on Saturday, could potentially throw the group into a period of confusion and internal power struggle.

During his time, Mansoor signalled readiness to peace talks and opened a Taliban liaison office in Qatar for that purpose.

But under his leadership, the Taliban refused a recent invitation from the Afghan government to attend negotiations.

Do targeted assassinations weaken groups such as the Taliban? And what does Mansoor's death mean for peace in Afghanistan?

Presenter: Hazem Sika


David Sedney - a senior associate at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. He is a former US Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense.

Omar Samad - a senior adviser to Afghan Chief Executive Abdullah Abdullah.

Rohullah Yakobi - associate fellow at the Human Security Centre.

Source: Al Jazeera