There has been a lot of euphoria in Afghanistan about Mullah Mansoor's demise. President Obama called it a "milestone." But eliminating one person may not produce the results that Washington and Kabul desire.
The network of Jalaludin Haqqani was "a leading recipient of CIA money" during the Afghan mujahidin struggle against the Soviet Union. While this was basically the case, a few clarifications are in order.
As the U.S. exit from Afghanistan approaches, protection of Afghan women's rights requires courage and political will instead of tired rhetoric. However, in an election year, we are unlikely to see meaningful action.
U.S. and Afghan intelligence have illustrated their desperation by spreading fabrications about Omar's death, hoping to provoke him to react with haste and angrily issue denials via statements or audio recordings that could give up his position.
CNN provided me with an advance copy of their "Taliban" documentary and arranged a discussion with filmmaker, Paul Refsdal, who risked his life embedding himself in a Taliban fighting unit -- a move supposedly blessed by Taliban leadership.