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Death Of Taliban Leader Would Be A U.S. Coup
NPR ^ | August 7, 2009 | Corey Flintoff

Posted on 08/07/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT by myknowledge

Reports from Pakistan say one of the country's most-wanted Taliban leaders is dead — killed by a rocket attack from a U.S. drone.

If confirmed, the death of Baitullah Mehsud could be a significant blow to the Islamist militants linked under his umbrella group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

"There's every indication that it is true," says Daniel Markey, an expert on South Asia at the Council on Foreign Relations. "And it could be quite significant."

Markey says Mehsud was "above all, the face of the Pakistani Taliban, which was becoming a more serious collective organization, one that U.S. officials saw as being more closely tied to foreign fighters and al-Qaida."

(Excerpt) Read more at npr.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: drone; droneattack; mehsud; strike; taliban
Congratulations to the Reapers


1 posted on 08/07/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT by myknowledge
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To: myknowledge

How horrifying that they didn’t arrest him, give him his Miranda rights and then bring him home for a fair trial............


2 posted on 08/07/2009 3:38:53 PM PDT by Lakeshark (Thank a member of the US armed forces for their sacrifice)
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To: myknowledge
Reports said that Mehsud was killed, along with one of his wives and several bodyguards, in a rocket attack on a relative's house in South Waziristan.

I guess it's too late to fire those useless bodyguards.

3 posted on 08/07/2009 3:42:00 PM PDT by AZLiberty (Yes, Mr. Lennon, I do want a revolution.)
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To: myknowledge

I wonder if he wouldn’t be happy to have our side think he’s been killed. The fact the might have gotten him says they’re gunning for him. Could be he would rest a lot better at night if his enemies thought he was already dead. Makes it pretty tough to go out in public though.

Frankly I am quite surprised, and just as pleased, that the new administration is letting these attacks go on. I would have expected them to end after inauguration since they aren’t really a message of good cheer for the recipient, and goodness knows we don’t want to offend anyone over there.


4 posted on 08/07/2009 3:42:16 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: myknowledge
If confirmed, the death of Baitullah Mehsud could be a significant blow to the Islamist militants linked under his umbrella group, Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

This is great, great news if true. I'm no expert but from what I've been reading I thought there was a decent chance this man would end up controlling Pakistan and it's nukes one day.
5 posted on 08/07/2009 3:43:01 PM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: jwparkerjr

My thinking has gone along the same lines.


6 posted on 08/07/2009 3:44:08 PM PDT by SaxxonWoods (Charter Member, 58 Million Club)
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To: SaxxonWoods

We’ll just have to wait and see if he returns his Publishers Clearing House entry next time.


7 posted on 08/07/2009 3:46:33 PM PDT by jwparkerjr (God Bless America!)
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To: myknowledge
Ok after almost 8 years of our Government directed media hysterically whining that “we are only breeding terrorists by killing them” we suddenly now get told by this same state directed media that killing terrorists is a good thing?

Hmm and what changed between now and the last 8 years that accounts for this 180 degree turn in propaganda spin from Government directed media?

8 posted on 08/07/2009 3:46:57 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (Obamanomics: we have to destroy the US Economy in order to save it!)
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To: myknowledge

Really not much different than what Cheney had proposed with the CIA. Now that a dem is in office the media thinks this is fine....


9 posted on 08/07/2009 3:47:44 PM PDT by Last Dakotan
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To: myknowledge

Blame Bush!


10 posted on 08/07/2009 3:53:31 PM PDT by dancusa (The word "racist" is a magic shield word that's supposed to stop any dissent.)
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To: dancusa; All

If he is dead, it will give Obambi a whole new round of apologies to fulfill. He’ll have to prostrate himself in front of our sworn enemies and beg their forgiveness. How could such a horror happen??? He will have to atone for this by sacrificing a few more of our Marines, and don’t think he won’t. Lost 5 today, I think. But wait — there’s more. That will make our enemies happy.


11 posted on 08/07/2009 4:09:35 PM PDT by Type Righter (It will be a cold day in hell before he socializes my country!)
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To: myknowledge

Um, we’ve been killing Taliban and Al Qaeda for eight years, and this is the first time NPR notices?


12 posted on 08/07/2009 4:11:50 PM PDT by popdonnelly (Yes, we disagree - no, we won't shut up - no, we won't quit.)
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To: jwparkerjr

If he wins, would that be a “Dead Giveaway”?


13 posted on 08/07/2009 4:15:50 PM PDT by Hoosier-Daddy ("It does no good to be a super power if you have to worry what the neighbors think." BuffaloJack)
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To: popdonnelly

I’m glad the guy is dead. However, we all know that if he was killed on Bush’s watch, NPR would be whining about it stoking the cycle of violence.


14 posted on 08/07/2009 4:18:54 PM PDT by rbg81 (DRAIN THE SWAMP!!)
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To: Lakeshark

They’re better off dead than alive.


15 posted on 08/07/2009 4:24:47 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: popdonnelly
NPR was specifically talking about the death of the Taliban leader, hence the reason why I posted this article in the first place.
16 posted on 08/07/2009 4:32:24 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: myknowledge

I just can’t wait until he wakes up in heaven and finds out there’s no room for him there and no 72 virgins. Bwahahahahahaha.


17 posted on 08/07/2009 6:12:28 PM PDT by Marysecretary (GOD IS STILL IN CONTROL!)
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To: myknowledge

This is great. Kill them and leave. do not nation build. GET OUT.PUT TROOPS ON OUR BORDERS!!!!


18 posted on 08/07/2009 6:14:32 PM PDT by ludlowm
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To: myknowledge

Targeting this guy was an assasination. Isn’t that what the Dems were frothing at the mouth over? Wanting to prosecute Bush because the CIA had a plan to target terrorists? And they still want to jail Bush and Cheney for pouring water up a terrorists nose but applaude Obama for blowing this guy to smithereens. I think the plan was put into effect but with drones instead of shooters. I don’t think Predators can find these guys by themselves. We must have covert operators on the ground over there. Probably CIA spooks.


19 posted on 08/07/2009 6:22:10 PM PDT by csmusaret (If you like this economy, keep voting for Donkeys.)
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To: csmusaret; ludlowm

http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/para/ttp.htm


20 posted on 08/07/2009 7:11:10 PM PDT by myknowledge (F-22 Raptor: World's Largest Distributor of Sukhoi parts!)
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To: AZLiberty
Reports said that Mehsud was killed, along with one of his wives and several bodyguards, in a rocket attack on a relative's house in South Waziristan.

Once again, you can pick your wives, pick your bodyguards, but you can't pick your relatives...and once they figure out who your relatives are...you're screwed...

21 posted on 08/07/2009 8:09:56 PM PDT by FDNYRHEROES (In just 3 days, the War on Terror became the War on Free Speech.)
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To: myknowledge

Your taxpayers dollars at work.


22 posted on 08/07/2009 8:56:26 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: myknowledge

Dead, just like osama is.


23 posted on 08/07/2009 8:58:06 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: myknowledge

Dead, just like osama is.


24 posted on 08/07/2009 8:58:36 PM PDT by taxesareforever (Quick justice for the senseless killing of Marine Lance Cpl. Robert Crutchfield.)
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To: myknowledge
Needs more cowbell....

Blue Oyster Cult: Don't Fear The Reaper

25 posted on 08/08/2009 2:55:35 AM PDT by csvset
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