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.

Report: Taliban torn by feud after death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 8 (UPI) -- A young Pakistani Taliban leader seen as jockeying for leadership of the militant group has been killed in a feud, intelligence officials say.

Pakistani Taliban search for new leader

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Taliban leaders in Pakistan met to discuss a new boss as deputy insurgent officials confirmed leader Baitullah Mehsud died in a Wednesday airstrike.
Mehsud dead, says Pakistan minister

Mehsud dead, says Pakistan minister

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 7 (UPI) -- Pakistan's foreign minister, citing intelligence reports, said Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone attack, Geo TV reported Friday.

U.S.: 'Strong indication' Mehsud dead

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. officials believe there is a "strong indication" Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed by a CIA drone strike, ABC News reported.
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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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