Mansoor’s death eliminates one roadblock to peace in Afghanistan: Ash Carter

, 3:43 PM IST

Kabul : Following the death of Afghan Taliban Chief Mullah Akhtar Mansour, the U S Defense Secretary Ash Carter has said one roadblock to peace in Afghanistan has been eliminated.

“Protecting American forces wherever they are in the world will always be one of my top priorities as Secretary of Defense,” Khaama Press quoted the U S Defense Secretary, as saying in a statement.

“The confirmation that our precision airstrike Saturday killed Taliban leader Mullah Mansour makes clear my commitment to address threats to our troops, NATO forces, Afghan military personnel and the innocent Afghan civilians who are working together so bravely to improve security in that country,” he added.

The Defence Secretary said removing Mansur from the battlefield eliminates one roadblock to peace in Afghanistan.

“I want to thank the U.S forces that carried out this important operation, and reaffirm that we will continue to disrupt networks and individuals that threaten the United States and our forces abroad,” he said.

He reaffirmed defense department’s support to the Afghan government in its efforts to build a brighter and safe future for the citizens.

“The Department of Defense will also continue to support the government of Afghanistan’s effort to build a brighter and safer future for the people of Afghanistan,” Carter said.(ANI)