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.
Ihsan Qadir

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.
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War on Terror:

Baitullah Mehsud (Pashto: بیت اللہ محسود; Urdu: بیت اللہ محسود; c. 1974 – August 5, 2009) was a leading militant in Waziristan, Pakistan, and the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He formed the TTP from an alliance of about five militant groups in December 2007. He is thought by U.S. military analysts to have commanded up to 5,000 fighters and to have been behind numerous attacks in Pakistan including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto which he and others have denied.

Disagreement exists over the exact date of the militant's death. Pakistani security officials initially announced that Baitullah Mehsud, his wife and bodyguards were killed on 5 August 2009 in a U.S. Central Intelligence Agency drone attack in the Zangar area of South Waziristan. Interior Minister Rehman Malik delayed giving official confirmation and asked for patience and an announcement by Inter Services Public Relations (ISPR) or other agencies. Kafayat Ullah, a TTP source, also announced the death of the militant in the strike, as did his deputy Faqir Mohammed. Later Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan commander Hakimullah Mehsud denied previous TTP announcements and said Mehsud was in good health. Major General Athar Abbas, ISPR spokesman, and Robert Gibbs of the White House said his death could not be confirmed, U.S. National Security Adviser James L. Jones also claimed that there was "pretty conclusive" evidence that proved Baitullah Mehsud had been killed and that he was 90% sure of it. On August 25, 2009, Hakimullah Mehsud and Wali-ur-Rehman telephoned the BBC to say that the Baitullah Mehsud had died on August 23, 2009, due to injuries sustained during the August 5 attack. The BBC received a video that shows the body of Mehsud on September 30.

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