Taliban leader attacked because he posed threat to U.S. troops - Pentagon | Reuters

WASHINGTON U.S. forces killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in an air strike last week because he was engaged in plotting that posed "specific, imminent threats" to U.S. and coalition personnel in Afghanistan, the Pentagon said on Monday.

Navy Captain Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman, said the attack against Mansour inside Pakistan on Saturday was a defensive strike aimed at disrupting the Taliban plotting.

Mansour was engaged in "specific actions, specific things ... in real time," Davis said.

Asked if the Taliban threats were imminent, he said: "Yes, specific imminent threats to U.S. and coalition personnel ... in Afghanistan."

(Reporting by David Alexander; Editing by Bernadette Baum)

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Updated Date: May 24, 2016 00:16 AM

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