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  • Pakistani Taliban 'elect new chief', vow 'unprecedented' revenge

    11/02/2013 12:18:22 PM PDT · by LeoWindhorse · 6 replies
    Times of India - Pak ^ | Nov . 2 , 2013 | staff
    ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani Taliban on Saturday named Khan Syed Mehsud alias Sajna as its new chief, a day after a US drone strike killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in the lawless North Waziristan tribal region. The decision was taken at a meeting of the Tehrik-e- Taliban Pakistan's Shura (Council), media reports said. Most of the members of the council were present in the meeting held at an undisclosed location though all could not attend it.
  • Pakistan Taliban secretly bury leader, vow bombs in revenge (buried under cover of darkness)

    11/02/2013 9:51:06 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 19 replies
    Yahoo! News ^ | 11/2/13 | Saud Mehsud and Hafiz Wazir - Reuters
    DERA ISMAIL KHAN/WANA, Pakistan (Reuters) - Pakistani Taliban fighters secretly buried their leader on Saturday after he was killed by a U.S. drone aircraft and quickly moved to replace him while vowing a wave of revenge suicide bombings. The Pakistani government denounced the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud as a U.S. bid to derail planned peace talks and summoned the U.S. ambassador to protest. Some lawmakers demanded the blocking of U.S. supply lines into Afghanistan in retaliation. "The murder of Hakimullah is the murder of all efforts at peace," said Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar. "Americans said they support our efforts at...
  • Pakistan Taliban say chief Mehsud killed in drone strike

    11/01/2013 10:54:56 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 30 replies
    BBC News ^ | 11/1/13 | BBC
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a drone strike, a high-ranking Taliban official has told the BBC. Mehsud became leader of the Pakistani Taliban in 2009, aged 30, after his predecessor died in a US drone strike.

    06/24/2010 2:59:51 AM PDT · by Cindy · 43 replies
    SNIPPET: "Al Qaeda commander continues to pose a threat to U.S. and South Asian security as Pakistan’s military and intelligence services look the other way” IPT News June 22, 2010 SNIPPET: “Top Al Qaeda commander Ilyas Kashmiri poses a major threat to U.S. interests both at home and abroad. Described by intelligence agencies “as the most effective, dangerous and successful guerrilla leader in the world,” Kashmiri heads Al Qaeda’s military operations wing. He figures prominently in two recent high-profile terrorism indictments issued in Chicago. But Kashmiri remains free in South Asia and in control of a renowned Al Qaeda terror...
  • Hakimullah Mehsud possibly dead in US strike

    01/15/2012 8:11:03 AM PST · by csvset · 4 replies
    GEO TV ^ | 15 january 2012
    ISLAMABAD: Pakistani intelligence officials say they have intercepted militant radio communications indicating Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Hakimullah Mehsud may have been killed in a recent US drone strike. The officials said Thursday they overheard Taliban militants in around a half a dozen intercepts discussing whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area. Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticised others for talking about the issue over the radio. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Asimullah Mehsud denied the...
  • 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities'

    05/11/2010 2:22:58 AM PDT · by STD · 132 replies · 4,349+ views
    MEMRI ^ | 5/03/10 | MEMRI
    TTP Leader Hakimullah Mehsud Declares: 'From Now On, the Main Targets of Our Fidaeen [Suicide Bombers] Are American Cities' The first, which the YouTube page titled "Hakeemullah Mehsud is Alive and Healthy and Delivering news about Attacks on USA," is 2:17 long, and shows a still satellite image of North America with a still image of Hakimullah Mehsud. Speaking in Urdu, he states that the date is April 19, 2010 and threatens bombings in U.S. "states & cities"; as he speaks, explosions are shown taking place across the map. (To view this clip on MEMRI TV, visit NOTE: You...

    04/11/2010 9:33:03 AM PDT · by Velveeta · 4,070 replies · 6,773+ views
    Free Republic | 4/11/2010 | FReeper Collaboration
    Obama amputates our nuclear arms By: Charles Krauthammer ...snippet...Under President Obama’s new policy, however, if the state that has just attacked us with biological or chemical weapons is “in compliance with the Non-Proliferation Treaty,” explained Gates, then “the U.S. pledges not to use or threaten to use nuclear weapons against it.” Imagine the scenario: Hundreds of thousands are lying dead in the streets of Boston after a massive anthrax or nerve gas attack. The president immediately calls in the lawyers to determine whether the attacking state is in compliance with the NPT. If it turns out that the attacker...
  • Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare [Pathfinder Had "Propane Tanks, Gasoline and Timing Device"]

    05/01/2010 9:09:39 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 159 replies · 2,869+ views
    NYTimes ^ | May 01st 2010 | RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY
    Times Square Is Evacuated in Bomb Scare The scene at Times Square on Saturday night after police found a suspicious package inside a Pathfinder on West 45th Street. RAY RIVERA and KARIN HENRY May 1, 2010 A bomb in Times Square led to the evacuation of thousands of tourists and theatergoers from the area on a warm and busy Saturday evening, the police said. There was no explosion. “It appears to be a car bomb left in a Pathfinder between Seventh and Eighth,” said Deputy Commissioner Paul J. Browne, the Police Department’s chief spokesman. The device, he said, contained “explosive...
  • Inside Terror Training Camp Tied to Bomb Suspect (Pakistani Taliban Connection)

    05/04/2010 7:17:31 PM PDT · by tobyhill · 3 replies · 306+ views
    cbs ^ | 5/4/2010 | Mandy Clark
    Pakistani police have arrested at least two people in Karachi, Pakistan. One of them, Tauseef Ahmed, is believed to have traveled to the U.S. two months ago to meet with Faisal Shahzad. CBS News has also learned that Shahzad may have spent at least four months training at a terrorist camp - raided in early March by Pakistani forces. The camp is affiliated with Pakistan's Taliban, the group that claimed responsibility for the botched attack in Times Square. Its leader Hakimullah Mehsud threatened, "The time is very near when our fighters ....will attack the American states." Prior to the release...
  • Video Shows Pakistani Taliban Leader Hakimullah Mehsud Alive Threatening Attacks Against US

    05/03/2010 6:59:18 AM PDT · by Typical_Whitey · 56 replies · 1,601+ views
    PAKISTAN, Islamabad : Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud, who was believed killed in January, vowed attacks on the United States in a new video apparently made last month, the SITE monitoring group said on Monday. Mehsud threatened to retaliate against the United States within a month for the killing of Islamist militant leaders, according to a transcript of the video.
  • Mehsud Threatens Attacks on Major U.S. Cities

    05/03/2010 6:33:15 AM PDT · by harwood · 21 replies · 882+ views
    The leader of Pakistan's Taliban movement, Hakim Mehsud, who was believed to killed last January, threatened to launch attacks on major cities in the United States. In a new video taken early in April, Mehsud vowed revenge against the United States during for the killing of leaders in the movement. Said Mehsud, who appeared in the video of nine minutes, surrounded by two armed men: "The time is near when the Fedayeen will attack major cities in the United States." He also warned Member States in NATO, and other U.S. allies to stay away from the latter and said, "You...
  • Taliban Claims Responsibility for Failed New York Bombing

    05/02/2010 7:08:25 AM PDT · by harwood · 73 replies · 2,384+ views
    Qari Hussain Mehsud from Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan accepts the responsibility of recent Attack on USA with Great Pride and Utmost Bravery
  • Taliban's Mastermind of Suicide Attacks is Alive

    02/15/2010 2:39:56 AM PST · by Cindy · 7 replies · 229+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | February 15, 2010 1:12 AM | by Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "A top Taliban commander who trains children to become suicide bombers has disproved reports that he was killed during a US Predator airstrike in mid-January. Qari Hussain Mehsud, a senior lieutenant to Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan leader Hakeemullah Mehsud, spoke to a Pakistani news service on Feb. 14 to take credit for last week's deadly suicide attacks in Bannu." SNIPPET: "The Pakistani government claimed Qari Hussain was killed in the Jan. 14 US airstrike that targeted Hakeemullah in North Waziristan. But Qari Hussain confirmed he was alive when he contacted a Pakistani television station on Feb. 1...
  • Pakistani officials confirm Taliban chief is dead

    02/10/2010 5:27:26 PM PST · by BIOCHEMKY · 18 replies · 1,012+ views
    The Jakarta Post ^ | Thursday, February 11, 2010 | The Associated Press , Peshawar, Pakistan
    The Pakistani government has confirmed that the country's Taliban leader died of injuries sustained in a U.S. drone strike in mid-January, setting the stage for a potential succession struggle that could further weaken the group. But analysts caution that Hakimullah Mehsud's death would not deal the al-Qaida-linked militants a knockout blow nor bring an end to attacks thathave killed hundreds of people in the past few months. A suicide bomber attacked a vehicle carrying tribal police near Pakistan's volatile border with Afghanistan on Wednesday, killing 17 people. The Pakistani Taliban continue to deny Mehsud's death, but the group used the...
  • Taliban's Mahsud confirmed dead (NEED MORE VIRGINS ALERT)

    02/09/2010 9:06:49 AM PST · by milwguy · 7 replies · 346+ views
    politico ^ | 2/9/2010 | ps
    Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mahsud was killed in a January drone strike, the group confirmed, according to a report in the Los Angeles Times. From the paper: "The death of Mahsud, engineer of a devastating series of suicide attacks and raids on markets, mosques and security installations across Pakistan in the latter half of 2009, gives the U.S. another major victory in its ongoing campaign of drone missile strikes against top Taliban and Al Qaeda leaders. "A drone strike last August killed Mahsud's predecessor, Baitullah Mahsud. Missiles fired by drones over Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border have also...
  • Mehsud's death may set off power struggle

    01/31/2010 11:10:01 PM PST · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 474+ views
    UPI ^ | February 1, 2010
    ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- If the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud is confirmed, his successor could be a military strategist or suicide bomb instructor, a report says. Both Wali ur-Rehman, known as the chief military strategist, and Qari Hussain, chief instructor for suicide bombers, rank high on the Taliban hierarchy, The New York Times reports. While Mehsud's death could set off a power struggle within the group, the report said it may be only a short one. A brief succession struggle came after Baitullah Mehsud, the previous leader, was killed last August in a similar drone...
  • Taliban Leader 'Killed In US Drone Attack'

    01/31/2010 1:03:02 AM PST · by rdl6989 · 42 replies · 1,078+ views
    Sky News ^ | January 31, 2010 | Alison Chung
    The head of the Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, has been killed in a US drone attack, according to Pakistan state television. The Pakistani Taliban are believed to have played a role in the suicide bombing of a CIA base in Afghanistan's eastern Khost province in December last year. More to follow...
  • "I am alive" - Hakemullah Mehsud ( CIA targets the right place,...but he wasn't there ....

    01/16/2010 11:17:56 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 8 replies · 432+ views
    Long War Journal ^ | January 16, 2010 12:54 PM | Bill Roggio
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban release another audiotape denying that he was killed in Thursday's airstrike along the border between North and South Waziristan. “Today, on the 16th of January, I am saying it again -- I am alive, I am OK, I am not injured... when the drone strike took place, I was not present in the area at that time,” Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan said in a recorded statement that was played for reporters. Hakeemullah provided a specific date to confirm he was alive. “After the audio I released...
  • CIA suicide bomber appears on tape with leader of Pakistani Taliban

    01/09/2010 4:40:45 PM PST · by Cindy · 20 replies · 920+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | January 9, 2010 | Bill Roggio
    SNIPPET: "Hakeemullah Mehsud (left), the Leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. and Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al Balawi (right), the suicide bomber who carried out the attack at Combat Outpost Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan. The al Qaeda operative who killed seven US CIA operatives and guards, and a Jordanian intelligence official, was on a martyr's videotape with the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. Humam Khalil Muhammed Abu Mulal al Balawi, a Jordanian Islamist who was thought to have been turned against al Qaeda, appeared on a videotape with Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the Movement of...
  • Pakistani army enters final militant stronghold (Makeen,hometown of deceased Baitullah Mehsud)

    11/06/2009 8:09:27 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 221+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 11/6/09 | Asif Shahzad - ap
    ISLAMABAD – The Pakistani army entered the last of three militant strongholds targeted by a major offensive in the northwest on Friday, as gunmen wounded a senior army officer and a soldier in the capital. The operation in South Waziristan, the main Taliban and al-Qaida sanctuary in Pakistan, has sparked a wave of retaliatory attacks that have killed about 300 civilians and security forces in the past month. The shooting in Islamabad was the third such attack in about two weeks. The militants hope the attacks will weaken the army's resolve as it pushes deeper into the isolated, mountainous region...
  • Army captures Pakistani Taliban leader's hometown (Kotkai)

    10/24/2009 8:55:44 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 584+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/24/09 | Asif Shahzad - ap
    ISLAMABAD – Soldiers captured the strategically located hometown of Pakistan's Taliban chief Saturday after fierce fighting, officials said, the army's first major prize as it pushes deeper into a militant stronghold along the Afghan border. A suspected U.S. missile killed 22 people elsewhere in the northwest, but apparently missed a top Taliban figure, authorities said. Pakistan's eight-day-old offensive in the Taliban and al-Qaida stronghold of South Waziristan is considered its most critical test yet in the campaign to stop the spread of violent Islamist extremism in this nuclear-armed, U.S.-allied country. The army operation has prompted a wave of retaliatory attacks...
  • Pakistan 'Taliban bodies' found

    10/07/2009 6:44:18 AM PDT · by rdl6989 · 20 replies · 1,313+ views ^ | 7 October 2009
    Bodies of six suspected Taliban militants have been found in Pakistan's north-western Kurram tribal region, officials say. The bodies were found in Kurut area, on the border of Kurram and Hangu district in North West Frontier Province. Correspondents say this is the first time that bodies of militants have been found outside of the Swat region. Meanwhile, a senior Taliban commander has been killed in clashes with troops in the Swat valley, officials say. The commander, Nisar, also known as Ghazi Baba, was killed in an offensive near the town of Mingora, they said. He was a senior deputy to...
  • Pakistan Taliban Claim UN Attack

    10/06/2009 12:49:58 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 948+ views
    BBC ^ | Tuesday, 6 October 2009
    The Pakistani Taliban has said it launched Monday's attack on the UN World Food Programme offices in the capital Islamabad, killing five people. A Taliban spokesman said that the international agency was targeted because their work was "not in the interest of Muslims." A suicide bomber dressed in military uniform blew himself up in the office. The Taliban had promised revenge for the killing of their leader Baitullah Mehsud in a US drone strike in August. The Taliban spokesman who called himself Azam Tariq said that the UN and foreign aid agencies were "infidels." The group has been behind a...
  • Pakistan's Taliban chief alive, meets reporters

    10/05/2009 9:53:13 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 4 replies · 712+ views
    Reuters ^ | October 5, 2009 | Zeeshan Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The new chief of Pakistani Taliban militants who U.S. and Pakistani officials said might be dead has surfaced to meet journalists in his stronghold of South Waziristan. Hakimullah Mehsud, who became Pakistani Taliban chief after his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a U.S. missile strike in early August, looked healthy in pictures broadcast by Pakistan's Dawn Television on Monday. Sailab Mehsud, one of the journalists who met the militant chief on Sunday, said Hakimullah had vowed revenge for Baitullah's killing. Pakistani and U.S. intelligence officials had said they believed that Hakimullah might have been killed in...
  • Pakistan Taliban head cracks jokes, vows vengeance (Hakimullah Mehsud)

    10/05/2009 1:19:41 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 609+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/5/09 | Ishtiaq Mahsud - ap
    SARAROGHA, Pakistan – Flanked by heavily armed fighters, the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban sat on a blue blanket, amiable and relaxed as he cracked jokes and mixed in threats of vengeance for deadly U.S. airstrikes. One day later, a suicide bomber attacked a U.N. office in Islamabad. Hakimullah Mehsud met with reporters Sunday for the first time since winning control of the militant group, quashing speculation that he had been slain in a succession struggle following the killing of his predecessor in a U.S. drone attack. He also described his group's relationship to al-Qaida as one of "love...
  • Taliban film shows leader is dead

    10/01/2009 12:06:45 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 18 replies · 893+ views ^ | September 30, 2009 | BBC
    The Taliban in Pakistan have released a video confirming that their former leader Baitullah Mehsud is dead. A video received by the BBC shows the body of the former head of Pakistan's largest Taliban group lying in a room. It is not clear where it was taken. Mr Mehsud was killed on 6 August in the tribal region of South Waziristan in a missile attack by a suspected US drone.
  • Taliban leader's brother 'killed'

    10/01/2009 12:10:00 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 13 replies · 599+ views
    bbc ^ | Oct 1, 2009 | bbc
    The brother of Pakistan's new Taliban leader has been killed in a clash with security forces in the north-west of the country, local officials say. Kalimullah Mehsud was killed in battle on Monday after troops responded to a Taliban rocket attack on a military base in North Waziristan. Tribal sources confirmed his death. He has since been buried in his village.
  • 'Five dead' as US missile strike hits NW Pakistan

    09/29/2009 4:09:37 AM PDT · by csvset · 4 replies · 376+ views
    France24 ^ | 29 Sep 2009 | AFP
    A missile fired from a US drone aircraft Tuesday killed five suspected Taliban in a strike on a militant hideout in Pakistan's restive northwest tribal belt, security officials said. "A missile from a US drone fired on a compound of local Taliban commander Irfan Mehsud killed five militants and injured six," said a security official in the area. A local administrative official confirmed the incident and toll. The attack occurred in the lawless tribal region of South Waziristan, a Taliban bolthole where Washington says Islamist fighters are hiding out and planning attacks on Western troops stationed in neighbouring Afghanistan.
  • Zawahiri eulogizes Baitullah Mehsud

    09/28/2009 2:11:52 PM PDT · by Cindy · 10 replies · 410+ views
    LONG WAR - Threat Matrix - blog ^ | September 28, 2009 1:37 PM | Bill Roggio
    Ayman al Zawahiri, al Qaeda's second in command, has sung the praises of former Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud on a videotape produced by As Sahab and distributed on jihadi forums. Zawahiri used Baitullah's death to praise the Taliban's fight against NATO and the US in Afghanistan. But Zawahiri especially focused on Baitullah's role in the attempt to smash the Pakistani state. The following translation is a portion of Zawahiri's tape: Read more:
  • New Taliban chief threatens US

    08/27/2009 3:49:50 PM PDT · by Cindy · 16 replies · 1,199+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | August 26, 2009 6:28 PM | Bill Roggio
    The new leader of the Paistani Taliban threatened to strike back at the US for killing Baitullah Mehsud in a Predator attack earlier last month. "We will take revenge and soon," Hakeemullah Mehsud, who was chosen to lead the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan last weekend, told AFP. "We will give our reply to this drone attack to America." The Taliban claimed Baitullah died on Aug. 23 of wounds suffered during the Aug. 5 airstrike that also killed his second wife and seven of his bodyguards. Hakeemullah and Baitullah were cousins; Baitullah helped Hakeemullah quickly rise through the ranks...
  • Pakistani Taliban say chief Baitullah Mehsud dead

    08/25/2009 10:23:29 PM PDT · by james500 · 4 replies · 972+ views
    AP ^ | 8/26/2009
    Two commanders of the Pakistani Taliban acknowledged Tuesday that the militants' top leader, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed by a U.S. missile strike. It was the first time the militants acknowledged Mehsud's death, first reported shortly after the CIA missile strike Aug. 5 near the Afghan border. ... "He was wounded. He got the wounds in a drone strike and he was martyred two days ago," Hakimullah Mehsud said. Rehman later repeated the same statement.
  • Taliban confirm commander's death

    08/25/2009 10:17:03 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 17 replies · 919+ views
    BBC ^ | 15:39 GMT, Tuesday, 25 August 2009 | Aleem Maqbool
    The leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead, two of his senior commanders have told the BBC. It is the first time that the militant group has acknowledged his death.The commanders, Hakimullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman, said that he had died of injuries sustained in a US missile strike earlier this month.Hakimullah has been named as successor to Baitullah Mehsud, who was Pakistan's most feared militant, accused of scores of suicide bombings and other attacks. Hakimullah Mehsud, who is believed to be in his late 20s, said Baitullah Mehsud had been critically wounded by the missile strike but...
  • Pakistan Taliban name new chief

    08/22/2009 8:56:18 PM PDT · by Pan_Yan · 4 replies · 320+ views
    BBC ^ | 8/22/2009 | Staff
    Pakistan's Taliban movement has named a new leader, its deputy head Maulvi Faqir Mohammed has told the BBC. He said Hakimullah Mehsud, a close associate of ex-leader Baitullah Mehsud, had been unanimously appointed at a meeting in northern Pakistan. Pakistani and US officials believe Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone strike in early August. However the Taliban continue to insist that he is still alive, despite their decision to appoint a new leader. Hakimullah Mehsud, who is in his late 20s, is a military chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) organisation formed by Beitullah Mehsud in an effort...
  • Pakistan: Clash Between Militants and Warlord

    08/12/2009 9:20:10 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 4 replies · 396+ views
    The New York Times ^ | August 12, 2009 | PIR ZUBAIR SHAH
    Militants loyal to Baitullah Mehsud, the Taliban leader reportedly killed in an American airstrike, attacked a stronghold of a tribal warlord allied with the government Wednesday, leaving as many as 90 fighters dead.
  • Mehsud killed while getting 'leg massage': report

    08/10/2009 7:54:00 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 18 replies · 1,413+ views
    Google/AFP ^ | August 10, 2009
    WASHINGTON — Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed last week in a CIA drone attack while getting a leg massage on the roof of his father-in-law's house, CNN said Monday, citing an unnamed US official. A US counterterrorism official told AFP, meanwhile, that "there are strong indications (Mehsud) is dead" following a drone attack. "No one is expecting him home for dinner tonight," the official said. US President Barack Obama is being told Mehsud was killed after a "dramatic escalation" of nine unmanned drones specifically targeting the Taliban leader in recent weeks, the US official told CNN television. On Wednesday...
  • Mehsud killed while getting 'leg massage': report

    08/10/2009 2:41:30 PM PDT · by Berlin_Freeper · 33 replies · 1,335+ views
    AFP ^ | August 10, 2009 | AFP
    Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed last week in a CIA drone attack while getting a leg massage on the roof of his father-in-law's house, CNN said Monday, citing an unnamed US official.
  • Pakistani Taliban's leader 'ill'

    08/09/2009 4:40:08 PM PDT · by Loyalist · 6 replies · 412+ views
    BBC ^ | August 9, 2009
    The Pakistani Taliban's leader Baitullah Mehsud is gravely ill, his top aide has told the BBC. Maulan Nur Syed denied this was linked in any way to claims Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US missile strike on Wednesday in a remote tribal area. Both the US and Pakistan earlier said their intelligence suggested Baitullah Mehsud was killed in the attack. There were also reports of a major gun battle between potential successors to Baitullah Mehsud after the strike.
  • Did the drones finally get Mehsud?

    08/09/2009 4:41:57 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 8 replies · 592+ views
    The Economic Times ^ | August 10, 2009
    The raging conflict in Pakistan does, if one tries hard, seem to have some curious aspects. Take the confusion that often surrounds the announced death of a warlord or the other. More than once someone the authorities have declared to be dead has resurfaced most calmly. It does rather seem like despite all that hi-tech gadgetry employed by the US to “assist” Pakistan, they can’t quite always figure out just who they fired that missile at. Or, perhaps, one is being uncharitable. Given the terrain, suited for guerrilla warfare and with all the bearded, turbaned chaps looking virtually like carbon...
  • Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud, Big Catch for Predator Drone?

    08/08/2009 6:43:08 PM PDT · by Jay777 · 6 replies · 526+ views
    Stop the ACLU ^ | 7 Aug 09 | Maggie Thornton
    A Taliban leader with a $5 million American reward on his head is thought to be dead from an drone attack in South Waziristan, Pakistan, but a friend says that report is “ridiculous.” Baitullah Mehsud is alive, or he may be dead. See update below. Members of the Mehsud tribe consider Baitullah Mehsud their leader. He is believed to command as many as 20,000 Taliban. So far, reports of his probable death by drone strike have not been disproved. In other words, he has sent no message to prove that he is alive and the West has no concrete evidence...
  • Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali-ur-Rehman Killed

    08/08/2009 12:18:34 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 78 replies · 4,619+ views
    GEO TV ^ | 2120 PST, Saturday, August 08, 2009 | staff
    SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Hakimullah Mehsud and another Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman have been killed in an armed clash erupted during the Tehreek’s Shura meeting. At the meeting Hakimullah Mehsud was appointed as TTP Chief.
  • Engel Reports Two Top Taliban Leaders Kill Each Other in Gunfight Over Succeeding Mehsud - Video

    08/08/2009 10:19:12 AM PDT · by Federalist Patriot · 12 replies · 787+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | August 8, 2009 | BrianinMO
    Here is a report from NBC's Richard Engel reporting from Afghanistan where he says sources tell him that two Taliban Leaders have engaged in a gun fight to see which one will succeed former leader Baitullah Mehsud, who was believed to have been killed in a U.S. Drone attack on Wednesday. Sources tell Engel both candidates were KILLED in the gunfight, but that has not yet been confirmed. How good would that be if confirmed?! Below is a video report on the drone attack believed to have killed Baitullah Mehsud, who was the top Taliban Leader in Pakistan . ....
  • Hakimullah Mehsud killed in armed clash: sources

    08/08/2009 9:17:34 AM PDT · by Chad_the_Impaler · 7 replies · 599+ views
    The News [Pakistan] ^ | Saturday, 8 August 2009
    SOUTH WAZIRISTAN: Spokesman of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Hakimullah Mehsud and another Taliban leader Wali-ur-Rehman have been killed in an armed clash erupted during the Tehreek’s Shura meeting, Geo TV reported Saturday. At the meeting Hakimullah Mehsud was appointed as TTP Chief after the reported killing of Baitullah Mehsud, the state media reported. The agenda of the meeting was to appoint successor of Baitullah Mehsud, sources said.
  • Death Of Taliban Leader Would Be A U.S. Coup

    08/07/2009 3:37:32 PM PDT · by myknowledge · 24 replies · 1,492+ views
    NPR ^ | August 7, 2009 | Corey Flintoff
    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...
  • Baitullah Mehsud's possible successors

    08/07/2009 4:05:28 PM PDT · by Cindy · 9 replies · 874+ views
    LONG WAR ^ | August 7, 2009 2:41 PM | By BILL ROGGIO
    The likely death of Pakistani Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud has reportedly initiated a meeting of the Taliban shura to choose his successor. Hakeemullah Mehsud and Qari Hussain Mehsud, both cousins of Baitullah, have long been thought to be the main rivals for leadership of the Tehrik-e-Taliban, or the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, the group Baitullah formed in December 2007. Others mentioned include Waliur Rahman, a Taliban commander in Bajaur, and Azmatullah Mehsud, a close aide to Baitullah. Hakeemullah is reported to be in the lead to fill Baitullah's role as the emir of the Pakistani Taliban, according to...
  • Baitullah Mehsud dead, aide confirms (order more virgins Allah)

    08/07/2009 7:31:23 AM PDT · by milwguy · 5 replies · 363+ views
    dawn ^ | 8/6/2009 | DERA ISMAIL KHAN
    Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani government, has been killed in a US missile strike, a Taliban commander and aide to Mehsud said Friday. ‘I confirm that Baitullah Mehsud and his wife died in the American missile attack in South Waziristan,’ Kafayatullah told The Associated Press by telephone. He would not give any further details. Earlier on Friday, three Pakistani intelligence officials said the militant commander had been killed in the missile strike and his body had been buried
  • Taliban leader (Baitullah Mehsud) 'killed'

    08/07/2009 3:42:59 AM PDT · by gandalftb · 54 replies · 4,100+ views
    BBC ^ | 10:04 GMT, Friday, 7 August 2009 | Abdul Hai Kakar
    Pakistan's most wanted man, Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, has been killed by a US missile.Kafayat Ullah, an aide to Baitullah, told AP by telephone on Friday that his leader had been killed along with his second wife by a US missile.Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Quresh said the government was seeking "ground verification".Taliban leaders have gathered in S Waziristan to choose a successor, local sources have told the BBC. Three names are under consideration: Hakimullah Mehsud, Maulana Azmatullah and Wali-ur-Rehman. The missile fired by the US drone hit the home of the Taliban chief's father-in-law, Malik Ikramuddin, in the Zangarha...
  • Baitullah Mehsud likely killed: Rehman Malik (Shura target on Friday)

    08/06/2009 6:46:18 PM PDT · by milwguy · 10 replies · 577+ views
    dawn ^ | 8/6/2009 | dawn
    There is a strong likelihood that Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed along with his wife and bodyguards in a missile attack two days ago, Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Reuters. ‘We suspect he was killed in the missile strike,’ Malik said on Friday. ‘We have some information, but we don't have material evidence to confirm it.’ A senior Pakistani security official said that aside from Mehsud's wife, one of Mehsud's brothers and seven of his bodyguards perished in the attack. The official said intelligence services were trying to discover the identity of another victim, and there was a good...
  • Pakistani Taliban leader possibly killed by U.S. (and The Kenyan is deeply saddened?)

    08/06/2009 5:47:23 PM PDT · by jimbo123 · 12 replies · 867+ views
    CNN ^ | 8/6/09 | CNN
    Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud may have been killed in a U.S. drone attack, a U.S. official said Friday. "There's reason to believe Mehsud may be dead, but there's no confirmation at this time," the official said. Mehsud's second wife was killed early Wednesday in a suspected U.S. drone attack, according to intelligence sources and relatives. The unmanned aerial vehicle targeted the home of Mehsud's father-in-law, Mulvi Ikram ud Din, and dropped two missiles on the residence in northwestern Pakistan, an intelligence official said. Mehsud's second wife was one of two people killed in the strike, according to the sources....
  • Pakistani Taliban chief likely killed: minister

    08/06/2009 2:04:26 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 29 replies · 1,488+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 8/6/09 | Kamran Haider
    ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – There is a strong likelihood that Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed along with his wife and bodyguards in a missile attack two days ago, Pakistan's Interior Minister Rehman Malik told Reuters. "We suspect he was killed in the missile strike," Malik said on Friday. "We have some information, but we don't have material evidence to confirm it." The United States has placed a $5 million reward on the head of Mehsud, an ally of al Qaeda widely regarded in Pakistan as Public Enemy No. 1. A U.S. defense official, speaking anonymously in Washington, said he...
  • Drone kills Mehsud's wife, brother (Baitullah too?)

    08/05/2009 3:43:56 PM PDT · by gandalftb · 78 replies · 5,778+ views
    Nawaiwaqt Group - The Nation ^ | August 06, 2009 | Shamim Shahid
    PESHAWAR - At least three persons including wife and brother of Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud were killed and several others injured when US drone missiles hit a house in Zangara, in Sara-rogha tehsil of Ladha, S Waziristan.Four missiles hit the house of Ikramuddin, father-in-law of Baitullah Mehsud. As per local residents, wife and brother of Baitullah Mehsud were among the killed persons. They also said that Baitullah was seen in the house on Tuesday last.