Commentary: Talibanization and nukes

The wing of the Taliban led by Baitullah Mehsud wants to focus on the Talibanization of Pakistan.

Pakistan violence claims 48 lives

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 24 (UPI) -- Pakistani military officials said Thursday fierce fighting in the tribal region near the Afghan border has left 40 militants and eight soldiers dead.

Mehsud issues warning to Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The Taliban militant blamed for the assassination of Benazir Bhutto reportedly has warned the Pakistani military to end operations in tribal areas.

Pakistani teen a suspect in Bhutto's death

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Authorities in Pakistan said Saturday they had arrested a 15-year-old boy allegedly involved in the assassination of opposition leader Benazir Bhutto.

Report: 90 militants killed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The Pakistan military Friday said government troops killed about 90 militants in two separate clashes in the violence-hit South Waziristan tribal area.
CIA: Tribal leader's allies killed Bhutto

CIA: Tribal leader's allies killed Bhutto

WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 (UPI) -- The director of the CIA said the death of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto was the work of al-Qaida members and followers of a tribal leader.

Commentary: Pakistan's Terror Inc.

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Do most terrorist trails track back to Pakistan? That was the conclusion of Britain’s MI5, the internal intelligence service.
8 tribal elders killed in Pakistan

8 tribal elders killed in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 7 (UPI) -- Pakistan's efforts at a truce with pro-Taliban militants in tribal areas were thwarted Monday with the killings of eight tribal elders.

U.S. ponders larger CIA role in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- A reported increase in militant activity in Pakistan's tribal areas could lead to an expansion of U.S. covert intelligence there, The New York Times reports.

Bush dicusses emerging crisis in Pakistan

WASHINGTON, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- U.S. President George Bush has talked with foreign policy officials about the emerging crisis in Pakistan following the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.

Violence continues after Bhutto's funeral

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec. 29 (UPI) -- Pakistani special forces were ordered to shoot rioters as violence continued Saturday after the funeral of slain former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

Commentary: Failing nuclear power

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Pakistan is one of the world's eight nuclear powers and the first one to be categorized as a failing state. Not failed yet, but on its way, and the world's major powers are powerless to correct the downward spiral.
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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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