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Pakistani Taliban confirm leader’s death

February 10, 2010

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— 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.

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Roland Gunslinger 4 years, 2 months ago

RR-

And I countered your "allegation" with proof to the contrary. Over 3500 articles were written by western sources in 2009 on civilians killed by U.S. airstrikes.

Hell I remember it wasn't too long ago that the U.S. got in a pissing match with Germany in the news when the Germans called in an airstrike agaisnt some Taliban fuel trucks... of course it was U.S. planes that did the task and wound up somewhere around 50 dead civilians. Now this was against McCrystal's ROE for engagement in A-stan. The airstrike should have never been approved by the ground commander (who was German). Regardless the U.S. took the blackeye in the media reports because it was our aircraft that carried out the action even though it was the Germans who asked for and approved the airstrike.

No hurt feelings or emotions on my end. Although I did chuckle when you said "unless you're a lady and can't help it." Instantly made me think of the wife. LOL

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ComradeRedRooster 4 years, 2 months ago

Jesse, I posted a link to a news source. One I don't care for but it does cite a Pakistani official. As for Western sources, I didn't write they weren't reporting, just that they were not enamored with body counts any longer. I used a big word for you "allegation". Recommend you Google it, filter for definition, then understand it. You're not a bad guy, don't let it get emotional, unless you're a lady and can't help it. I then would understand and please forgive my brutish reply ma'am.

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Roland Gunslinger 4 years, 2 months ago

U.S. airstrike reportedly kills 10 Afghan civilians http://articles.latimes.com/2009/dec/29/world/la-fg-afghan-deaths29-2009dec29

Civilians killed in U.S. strikes on Afghanistan http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/05/06/MNF017FU1A.DTL

"U.S. air strike victims say Taliban long gone," by Jason Motlagh, The Washington Times http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/PULITZER/c62a1a3227d419e8212ecb8a388e4fbb.htm

Civilian deaths in US airstrike overshadow Obama's Afghan summit http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/world/asia/article6237189.ece?print=yes&randnum=1151003209000

Civilian deaths spark US air strike rethink http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2009/05/15/2571775.htm?section=world

U.S. Strike In Afghanistan Kills Dozens http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=112566409

Rather than me posting links to the 3580 articles written in 2009 by western media outlets that is contrary to what Tom and RR are saying, do your own Google news search of "civilians killed U.S. airstrike" and then filter it by the year 2009.

http://news.google.com/archivesearch?pz=1&cf=all&ned=us&hl=en&q=civilians+killed+U.S.+airstrike&cf=all&sugg=d&sa=N&lnav=d0&as_ldate=2009&as_hdate=2009&ldrange=2001%2C2008

Tom and RR, maybe you should get more news sources than your local gossip circle.

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ComradeRedRooster 4 years, 2 months ago

9 reported killed in drone attack: http://english.aljazeera.net/news/asia/2010/01/201013043058944994.html

Casualties attributed to drone attacks in 2009: "According to the statistics compiled by Pakistani authorities, drones killed 708 people in 44 attacks targeting the tribal areas in 2009. Authorities said more than 90 per cent of those killed in the raids were civilians."

This is not a reliable source, but it does support the allegation that western media outlets no longer are enamored with colateral damage reports.

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Roland Gunslinger 4 years, 2 months ago

Hey Tom- do some research before you start spouting off what is obviously ignorant rhetoric. Mahsud was killed in a strike on a remote farmhouse.

You do know what the definition of remote is, correct? a. Located far away; distant in space. b. Hidden away; secluded

Chances of civilian casualties at a remote farmhouse are low. There was one though... Mahsud's wife. Although how innocent she was is debateable.

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StrangerCreek 4 years, 2 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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unsavoryagent 4 years, 2 months ago

Bombing Cambodia bad. Bombing Pakistan good.

Had Enough?

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Tom Shewmon 4 years, 2 months ago

Up until last year, seems that many of these AP stories typically had a line or two about civilian collateral headcount included, if not even the story being built around the civilian collateral headcount, with a line or two mentioning the dead AQ or Taliban.

Our Nobel Peace Prize Laureate is bringing peace to the world, one incinerated village at a time.

Where is Code Pink? Where are the war protestors from 2004-2008?

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