Pakistani Taliban leader injured in attack

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 15 (UPI) -- The leader of Taliban in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, was wounded in a suspected U.S. unmanned aircraft attack, intelligence and Taliban authorities said Friday.

Holbrooke: Pakistan relaitons 'are better'

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- U.S. Special Envoy Richard Holbrooke, who was visiting Pakistan during the latest drone strike, praised the strategic relationship between the two countries.

Mehsud was target of attacks

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- A drone strike Thursday in Pakistan's tribal area targeted Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of the country's Taliban group, Pakistani security officials said.

Taliban deny drone killed Pakistani leader

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Jan. 14 (UPI) -- Missiles fired from a drone struck a tribal region in Pakistan, killing several, but the Pakistani Taliban denied their chief was one among them.

Taliban orders its own Afghan surge

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Dec. 24 (UPI) -- The Afghan Taliban need assistance to tackle the increasing number of international troops headed to Afghanistan, a top Pakistani Taliban chief said.

Post-Mehsud climate tense

PESHAWAR, Pakistan, Aug. 10 (UPI) -- The reported death of Taliban commander Baitullah Mehsud created unease for residents in the Pakistani province of Waziristan, the United Nations says.

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.

Airstrikes kill 16-20 Taliban fighters

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, April 15 (UPI) -- Airstrikes in a border region of western Pakistan killed between 16 and 20 Taliban fighters, but their commander escaped, officials said.
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Hakimullah (Hakim Ullah, Hakeemullah) Mehsud (Pashto/Urdu: حکیم‌الله محسود), born c. 1979 as Jamshed Mehsud (Pashto/Urdu: جمشید محسود) and also known as Zulfiqar Mehsud (Pashto/Urdu: ذو الفقار محسود‎), is the amir of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). He was deputy to commander Baitullah Mehsud and one of the leaders of the militant group Fedayeen al-Islam prior to the elder Mehsud's death in a CIA drone missile strike. He had been the TTP's commander in the Khyber, Kurram and Orakzai agencies of Pakistan. He is described as being in his late 20s and a cousin of Qari Hussain. He is known to be a young and aggressive field commander, who previously served as a driver and was very close to Baitullah Mehsud. Reports initially indicated he was fatally wounded on January 14, 2010 by a U.S. drone attack although a video released on May 3, 2010 by the TTP proved that he survived the attack.

Hakimullah was born Jamshed Mehsud in the region of Kotkai near the town of Jandola in South Waziristan. His only schooling was at a small village madrassa in Hangu District. One of the other students at the time was Baitullah Mehsud, but he dropped out.

Jamshed Mehsud joined his clansman Baitullah in jihad, initially as his bodyguard and aide. He adopted the nom de guerre Zulfiqar, then later took the name Hakimullah, meaning one who has knowledge. He gained a reputation within the Taliban for his battle skills with the AK-47 and the Toyota pickup truck. One Taliban member told a BBC correspondent that at the time Hakimullah's reputed skills were second only to Nek Mohammad.

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