Taliban Leader Killed in Drone Strike
President Obama confirmed on Monday that Afghan Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammed Mansour was killed in a U.S. drone strike over the weekend. The death of the Afghan leader may cause increased tension among the Taliban, which has already been suffering from internal strife. Despite the attack, and the fact that Mansour was killed in Pakistan, the president insists that this is not a harbinger of increased U.S. involvement in the area. It is hoped that the death of Mansour may pave the way for the Taliban to continue peace talks with the Afghanistan government.
ISIS Attacks Kill 80 in Syria
Following a week of deadly bombings in Iraq, ISIS brought its attacks to Syria. Seven bombings in two stronghold cities of the Assad government resulted in the deaths of over 80 people, and another 200 injured. This attack focused on civilians is the first of its kind in the Syrian civil war, now in its sixth year. ISIS also executed attacks in Yemen, killing 43.
Egyptian authorites have collected debris, suitcases, and even body parts believed to be from EgyptAir flight 804 which went down in the Mediterranean Sea last week. No official cause has been determined, and answers will be hard to come by until the aircraft’s black box is found. Terrorism is suspected, as flight records show that smoke was detected in the front of the aircraft moments before the plane began its rapid descent.