House Speaker Paul Ryan applauded the death of a Taliban leader announced on Saturday, but said it is a reminder that the nation is at war.

"This strike is a reminder that we remain a nation at war," the Wisconsin Republican said in a statement about the confirmed death of Taliban leader Mullah Mohammed Akhtar Mansour.

"I applaud all those involved in this operation, particularly the men and women of our military, intelligence, and diplomatic services. We owe them a comprehensive strategy for winning the war on terrorism and the resources to execute that strategy," Ryan added.

President Obama confirmed Mansour's death early Monday morning after the Defense Department said over the weekend it conducted a drone airstrike in Pakistan on Saturday targeting the Taliban leader.

"Today marks an important milestone in our longstanding effort to bring peace and prosperity to Afghanistan," Obama said in a statement from the White House of Mansour's death.