Taliban Leader Killed in UAS Strike

Reports indicate that the United States has killed the Taliban leader, Mullah Akhtar Mansour, in a drone strike last month.  American leaders hope he will be replaced by someone more willing to negotiate a settlement, but that remains to be seen.

This brings up a couple interesting issues to ponder

  1. What is the scope of international legal authority to target and kill enemy leaders with UAS?  The U.S. position is more or less classified, but a UK Parliament report was recently issued and it goes into an excellent analysis of international law in relation to UAS:  UK Drone Attack Report
  2. Studies also indicate that UAS operators can get PTSD, something I had not thought about.  Not everyone agrees though, so I will leave it to readers to come to their own opinion.