In Adam B. Ellick's dispatch a few hours ago from Kabul, the NYT correspondent reports the statements of British officials that a helicopter strike killed one of the Taliban's "most dangerous" leaders, Mullah Akhter Muhammad Mansoor, as he was riding his bicycle.
However, Ellick's story makes clear that these reports come from the British military, and could not be confirmed independently. Indeed, as any good NYT reporter should, Ellick explains exactly what efforts he made to confirm the account.
"The Taliban could not be reached for comment," Ellick notes.
But NYT readers should bear in mind that this story was posted online at 12:52 p.m. this afternoon.
This leaves The Taliban nearly 12 hours to check its messages and return Ellick's phone call before the deadline for the print edition.