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The looming succession battle could determine whether the U.S. drone strike targeting Mansour put Afghanistan closer to or farther away than ever from a political settlement, said Moeed Yusuf, associate vice president of the Asia Center at the Washington-based U.S. Institute of Peace.
"The way this has been dealt with is rather absurd. Deals have cut [by NATO] and some appeasement money paid to local contractors and tribes to allow safe passage for these trucks," said Moeed Yusuf, a South Asia adviser at the U.S. Institute of Peace.