Archive for Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Pakistani Taliban confirm leader’s death

February 10, 2010


— The Pakistani Taliban confirmed Tuesday that their leader, Hakimullah Mahsud, died from injuries suffered in a U.S. drone missile strike last month, an attack that forces the insurgency to find a new leader for the second time in six months.

The death of Mahsud, engineer of a devastating series of suicide attacks and raids on markets, mosques and security installations across Pakistan in the latter half of 2009, gives the U.S. another major victory in its ongoing campaign of drone missile strikes against top Taliban and al-Qaida leaders.

A drone strike last August killed Mahsud’s predecessor, Baitullah Mahsud. Missiles fired by drones over Pakistan’s tribal areas along the Afghan border have also killed 15 senior al-Qaida commanders since 2004.

However, experts do not expect the loss of Hakimullah Mahsud, 28, to deal a fatal blow to the Taliban as it battles the government in the country’s northwest.


StrangerCreek 8 years, 4 months ago

They threaten our security, treat women as cattle, grow dope, hid and protect 9/11 masterminds, blow up girls schools (with the children inside), kill athletes, hide behind innocents, turn the stadiums into public execution sites, so on and so forth.

So what would you propose Mr.Shewmon? We back off and just wait for them to come our way again? Maybe you should leave American and go live with them if you feel so strongly we're in the wrong.

And to Mr. unsavoryagent...The NVA had outposts on the Cambodian border with swimming pools! They would attack us and then slink back across the border where we were told to stop and not pursue. When we at last took off after them we set them back several years before they could invade again. Maybe if you found one of your friends violated and nailed to a tree you'd feel differently but my guess is you've never been off your couch.

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