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Taliban chief said to survive U.S. attack

April 30, 2010

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— Pakistan and U.S. intelligence wrongly reported the death of the head of the Pakistani Taliban in a CIA drone strike and the brash, ruthless commander is now believed to be alive, Pakistani spies said Thursday in an apparent propaganda coup for the insurgents.

The reports that Hakimullah Mehsud survived the January missile attack in an area close to the Afghan border will raise questions about the quality of the intelligence being gathered in the region.

In Washington, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said he had seen “no evidence” that Mehsud “is operational today or is executing or exerting authority over the Pakistan Taliban as he once did.”

“So I don’t know if that reflects him being alive or dead, but he clearly is not running the Pakistani Taliban anymore,” Morrell told reporters.

The Taliban had always claimed Mehsud was alive and dismissed the earlier reports of his death as lies.

The militant network said it was not going to offer any evidence such as a video recording because doing so could help security forces hunt Mehsud down.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 8 months ago

How would washington D.C. know?

It was the CIA and the Bush white house that lied and got us into this mess.

Does the CIA ever tell the truth?

Bring the troops home NOW!!!

According to the New York times thousands of troops are becoming drug addicts. It is due to the medications to treat the troops psychological problems after being in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Some troops are turning to Heroin after long term use of powerful narcotic pharmaceuticals.

It seems so much blood,guts and death is destroying our military people. Killing innocent men, women and children is a bit much.

Last I read there are as many as 300,000 disabled soldiers. Soldiers with half a head,limbs missing and massive psychological impacts. As a few wives reported their husbands are coming back different people...... not good for marriages and america!

Then comes the trillions of dollars necessary for treatment and financial support. In some cases financial support for entire families and college education for soldiers and their dependents.

Bring em home!

Richard Heckler 4 years, 8 months ago

Taxpayers in Lawrence, Kansas will pay $209.9 million for total Iraq and Afghanistan war spending since 2001. For the same amount of money, the following could have been provided:

67,135 People with Health Care for One Year OR

4,973 Public Safety Officers for One year OR

4,572 Music and Arts Teachers for One Year OR

25,583 Scholarships for University Students for One Year OR

37,825 Students receiving Pell Grants of $5550 OR

2,522 Affordable Housing Units OR

121,048 Children with Health Care for One Year OR

34,739 Head Start Places for Children for One Year OR

4,515 Elementary School Teachers for One Year OR

216,117 Homes with Renewable Electricity for One Year

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