WASHINGTON (Web Desk) – The Pentagon said on Monday that US forces killed Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mansour in a drone strike last week because he was posed “specific, imminent threats” to US and coalition personnel in Afghanistan, a foreign news agency reported.

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.

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Mansour was engaged in “specific actions, specific things …in real time,” Davis said.

Asked if the Taliban threats were imminent, he replied in the affirmative.