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
- 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
- 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.