Pakistani Taliban Leader Reportedly Killed in Drone Strike

Strike comes days after Pakistan's prime minister urged an end to drone killings during visit to Washington

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Hakimullah Mehsud, leader of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (Movement of Pakistani Taliban), talking with journalists in Pakistan's Orakzai tribal agency near the Afghanistan border, on Nov. 26, 2008.

The leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a U.S. drone strike on Friday, according to several reports citing U.S. and militant sources.

Reuters reports that Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), was killed by a drone-fired missile that targeted a vehicle in which he was riding in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan. But Mehsud, who has led the Pakistani Taliban since 2009, has been reported killed several times before.

Four security officials confirmed his death this time, Reuters reports, along with his bodyguard and driver. The report cites an intelligence source saying that as many as 25 people were also killed. Pakistan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs issued a statement condemning a drone strike, which it says took place in North Waziristan on Friday evening, but did not name anyone who was killed.

Mehsud took over the organization after his mentor, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a drone strike in August 2009; he had also been reported killed several times before his actual death. The Pakistani Taliban operates in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) along the Afghan border. The movement is not directly affiliated with the Afghan Taliban led by Mullah Omar, but the two groups share a similar ideology. The Pakistani Army has fought against the TTP for years, and Mehsud was considered an important target.

The drone strike comes just days after Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif met with U.S. officials in Washington and urged President Barack Obama to end drone strikes in his country. Sharif recently began talks with the Pakistani Taliban to try and stop the violence that has plagued the FATA during the conflict between the group and the Pakistani government.

[Reuters]

36 comments
James Olmedo
James Olmedo

the Continuing commitment of America to terrorism!

Jon Regas
Jon Regas

The pig dog coward terrorists hiding behind their women and children will se that it could just as easy be their fate-No matter how many dirty rats the Taliban has the US has 10 times as many drones tough guy

Maaq
Maaq

Very good news, TTP should be wiped completely so they could not attack convoys returning from Afghanistan, TTP is working on Behalf of Afghan and Indian Intelligence agencies and posses the ability to create big problem for US withdrawal.

Melanie Bradford
Melanie Bradford

the only virgins you are getting are acne-faced world of warcraft addicts!

Amad Ud Din Khattak
Amad Ud Din Khattak

It was the biggest embarrassing terrorist atrocity by US, peace talks were just going to start from tomorrow , the 3-men delegation was chosen and ready to go on Saturday morning.... but the real biggest terrorist USA doesn't wan't to happen all these peace talks....

Jonas Nnaemeka
Jonas Nnaemeka

Pls U S kill any or all the terorrist because they are animals, animals dont have soul, therefor kill them, they are just idiot, it is not a sin to kill a terorrist, long LIVE NIGERA, long LIVE U S. Infact every muslim is a terorrist.

Scott Fricks
Scott Fricks

I've heard this said before, they got a top militant, but it turned out to be a grandmother picking vegetables.

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

Ahh, the air smells better knowing we are not sharing it with that.

Muinuddin Latif
Muinuddin Latif

On leader killed war never stop ,another person take this position and war continued .if u.s army redl brave you should proove ? face to face war on battle filed .why bludy attack on taliban like a drone use in war.many soldiger and officer killed in the war then war stop ! never they continued same condition here.you can change talibani idealogy no..never you not won this war..you u.s.take leason of viatnam war..

Brian Lo
Brian Lo

Explore the source? Infiltrate an extremist terrorist organization and eliminate it from within? Not likely. Protection of the villages and most importantly, SCHOOLS should be a priority. Be the liberator and protector , win the people's mind and hearts . Win the war. Too bad the "protectors" as in the middle-eastern forces are IMMENSELY corrupted and they keep on "losing" the gear the states send them . Guess who's hand they end up in?

Anahí E. Girón
Anahí E. Girón

I love how these reports are very cautious about their wording.

Timothy James
Timothy James

What's the average life expectancy of the leader of one of these groups now? A couple years?

Brian Lo
Brian Lo

Yahhhh, now another one will rise from the ranks and take leadership. At least short-term attacks will be delayed.... You can't kill intangible idealogies with tangible force. To kill an idea, you need to STRIKE from the source.

DougCheriBledsoe
DougCheriBledsoe

@Muinuddin Latif  no problem, we have plenty of bombs. Obama likes killing taliban.

The Muslimes against the world, a whole lot of targets out there. So when you take a drone strike there is no warning, too bad. It would be nice if the missile would scream about a second before the explosion.

#libtardedamerica
#libtardedamerica

@Sarge Brian 

Nazism is an ideology, and while it still exists, we did a pretty good job of ensuring it wouldn't be a major political force worldwide thanks to WW2. Same concept here. We'll never get rid of extremist Islam, but if the world bands together to kill enough of them, we might undermine it's power/reach/influence