U.S. killing of Taliban chief sparks debate in Pakistan

U.S. killing of Taliban chief sparks debate in Pakistan

LAHORE, Pakistan, November 26, (UPI Next) --The U.S. killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud has spurred debate in Pakistan amid protests from the government and some political parties.
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Reports: Pakistan Taliban appoint interim head after Mehsud's death

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 4 (UPI) -- Asmatullah Shaheen, among the most wanted militants in Pakistan, was voted interim head of the Pakistan Taliban, replacing Hakimullah Mehsud, the group said.
Leader of Pakistani Taliban reported dead in U.S. drone strike

Leader of Pakistani Taliban reported dead in U.S. drone strike

ISLAMABAD, Nov. 1 (UPI) -- Hakimullah Mehsud, head of the Taliban in Pakistan, was killed by a U.S. drone strike Friday, one of the group's leaders says.

Incoming Pakistan PM Sharif condemns drone attack

ISLAMABAD, June 3 (UPI) -- Pakistan's Prime Minister-elect Nawaz Sharif condemned the U.S. drone attack that killed a senior Taliban leader as a violation of the county's sovereignty.

Pakistani Taliban call off peace talks after commander killed by drone

ISLAMABAD, May 30 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban said Thursday there would be no peace talks with the country's incoming leaders after a top commander was killed by a U.S. drone strike.

Pakistani Taliban threaten politicians

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Pakistani Taliban said they will target more political gatherings after a blast in a car park in the Khyber area near Peshawar injured seven people.

9 die in Taliban attack in Pakistan

BANNU, Pakistan, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Taliban militants attacked a police station and then opened fire on a nearby mosque in Pakistan Monday, killing at least nine people, officials said.

RAND scholar defends drone strikes

WASHINGTON, Aug. 23 (UPI) -- Drone strikes against the leadership of al-Qaida are an effective way to force militants into self-imposed exile, a study from a Rand scholar finds.

Pakistan Taliban deputy fired

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, March 5 (UPI) -- The Pakistani Taliban said it fired its deputy chief, indicating a leadership rift within the group responsible for the deadly wave of violence in the country.

Pakistan nabs aide to Taliban chief Mehsud

KARACHI, Pakistan, March 5 (UPI) -- Pakistani authorities announced the arrest a man in a suburb of Karachi they said was a top assistant to Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

Video of Afghanistan CIA bomber released

AMMAN, Jordan, Jan. 9 (UPI) -- A video aired Saturday shows a suicide bomber who blew up a CIA base in Afghanistan saying the act was to avenge the killing of a Taliban leader.
Al-Qaida says it killed CIA employees

Al-Qaida says it killed CIA employees

KABUL, Afghanistan, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Al-Qaida says it carried out the suicide bomb killings of seven CIA employees in Afghanistan to avenge the death of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.

Report: Punjab Taliban leader captured

LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec. 30 (UPI) -- Pakistani authorities in the Punjab say they've captured the provincial Taliban leader suspected of masterminding the twin blasts in Lahore this month.

Pakistan nabs aide to Taliban's Mehsud

KARACHI, Pakistan, Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Pakistani authorities announced they arrested a suspect believed to be a close personal aide to Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud.

Taliban leader arrested in Pakistan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- A close associate of Taliban commander Hakeemullah Mehsud and two others were arrested Wednesday in the volatile tribal areas of Pakistan, sources say.
Message praises dead Taliban leader

Message praises dead Taliban leader

NEW YORK, Sept. 28 (UPI) -- An audio message, claiming to be from al-Qaida's No. 2 leader, praised Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who died in August in a drone attack.

Taliban confirms Baitullah Mehsud's death

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- Hakeemullah Mehsud, the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban, confirmed former leader Baitullah Mehsud died Sunday from wounds suffered in an airstrike.

Confusion prevails over Taliban leadership

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- If the assertions of the Pakistani Taliban are right, Hakeemullah Mehsud is the new leader of the militant group, succeeding his dreaded predecessor Baitullah Mehsud.

Pakistani crackdown nets 24 arrests

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 24 (UPI) -- Pakistani officials say at least 24 terror suspects were arrested Sunday and Monday, including three people with suicide jackets and bombs in a bus station.

Taliban announces new leader in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- The Taliban in Pakistan announced a new young leader Saturday to replace Baitullah Mehsud, who is believed to have been killed by a U.S. drone.

Taliban deputy stakes claim to leadership

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 21 (UPI) -- A deputy Pakistani Taliban commander made independent claims to the new leadership of the group amid growing disarray within its ranks.

Tribal forces capture Taliban spokesman

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 20 (UPI) -- Tribal security forces in the North-West Frontier province captured the spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban, handing him over to state officials.
Holbrooke notes progress against Taliban

Holbrooke notes progress against Taliban

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 17 (UPI) -- U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke, who arrived in Pakistan, praised that country's fight against the Taliban.

10 Taliban said killed in missile strike

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- At least 10 Taliban militants were killed by a drone missile strike on a suspected stronghold in Pakistan's tribal areas, officials said Tuesday.

U.S., Pakistan stand by Mehsud slay report

WASHINGTON, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- U.S. and Pakistani officials said Sunday they are standing by their information that Taliban leaders Baitullah and Hakimullah Mehsud are dead.
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