Rumours: Taliban head Mehsud may be dead

#1
http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8188859.stm

US and Pakistani officials have said they are checking reports that the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan, Baitullah Mehsud, has been killed.

He is said to have died in a missile attack on the home of a relative.

A US official said there was "reason to believe reports of his death may be true, but it cannot be confirmed".

Family members have already confirmed that one of Mehsud's wives was killed when a US drone attacked her father's home in South Waziristan on Wednesday.

Previous reports of his death have proved to be unfounded.
Equally it could be alleged that Osama bin Laden was killed as well.

But this case is remakable. For the first time (as I'm aware) Pakistani officials claim that they approved alleged American strike.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090807/ap_on_re_as/as_pakistan

Pakistani Interior Minister Rehman Malik said he could not confirm Mehsud's death, but that information pointed in that direction.
...
Malik said no Pakistani military operation was going on in South Waziristan, and that only selective targets were being hit. Mehsud, however, was believed to have been killed in an American strike, the intelligence officials said.

"I have already said that it is a targeted operation, it is a targeted law enforcement action against Baitullah Mehsud's group and it will continue till Baitullah Mehsud's group is eliminated forever," he said.
 
#3
Surprised that the pakistanis are happy to approve the strike? Why ever not? They've just been fighting the same people in the border regions.

Times, they are a-changing.
 
#4
Well, if he is dead and gone to Paradise then I hope the virgins Allah dishes out are all poxed up bints saving up to be virgins :evil:
 
#7
When terrorists begin to threaten the very existence of the state, the state tends to respond to the threat in a much more robust manner.

This is good news, not only the fact he was killed, but the fact that chances are the location information came from inside the Taliban.

I hope he is being dry bummed in hell.
 
#9
JoseyWales said:
Don't ring out the bells yet.

Wot say you Sergei?
For the first time Pakistani minister confirmed that the operation was approved by the authorities. Many (including me) suspected it. But officially the government of Pakistan use to 'protest' against American strikes.

Unlikely Mahsud was killed (moreover his organisation denied it). And even if it has happened then new tribal leader would occupy his place soon. and he could be even more skilled (and no doubt more carefull).

The information about Meshud's Father-in-Law is not secret. It is not a big problem to lacate his house. The house is big enough and there were 40 inhabitants. But only 2 were killed. So the intelligence must be very detailed. It must include information about date of Meshud arrival and location of the room where he was. But is it possible? Unlikely.
 
#10
The_Coming_Man said:
When terrorists begin to threaten the very existence of the state, the state tends to respond to the threat in a much more robust manner.

This is good news, not only the fact he was killed, but the fact that chances are the location information came from inside the Taliban...
Is it a fact? I thought it was a rumour.
 
#11
KGB_resident said:
JoseyWales said:
Don't ring out the bells yet.

Wot say you Sergei?
For the first time Pakistani minister confirmed that the operation was approved by the authorities. Many (including me) suspected it. But officially the government of Pakistan use to 'protest' against American strikes.

Unlikely Mahsud was killed (moreover his organisation denied it). And even if it has happened then new tribal leader would occupy his place soon. and he could be even more skilled (and no doubt more carefull).

The information about Meshud's Father-in-Law is not secret. It is not a big problem to lacate his house. The house is big enough and there were 40 inhabitants. But only 2 were killed. So the intelligence must be very detailed. It must include information about date of Meshud arrival and location of the room where he was. But is it possible? Unlikely.

He has pulled this trick before. Did you lot help him?
 
#12
If its true then its a very good result. If however its not the good luck boys keep up the good work and better luck next time.
 
#13
JoseyWales said:
KGB_resident said:
JoseyWales said:
Don't ring out the bells yet.

Wot say you Sergei?
For the first time Pakistani minister confirmed that the operation was approved by the authorities. Many (including me) suspected it. But officially the government of Pakistan use to 'protest' against American strikes.

Unlikely Mahsud was killed (moreover his organisation denied it). And even if it has happened then new tribal leader would occupy his place soon. and he could be even more skilled (and no doubt more carefull).

The information about Meshud's Father-in-Law is not secret. It is not a big problem to lacate his house. The house is big enough and there were 40 inhabitants. But only 2 were killed. So the intelligence must be very detailed. It must include information about date of Meshud arrival and location of the room where he was. But is it possible? Unlikely.

He has pulled this trick before. Did you lot help him?
Help? Whom? The leader of Pashtun rebels in remoter God forgotten corner of Pakistan? For what reasons exactly? It is a stupid idea anyway - to help rebels in Pakistan. Pakistan is not Georgia.

As for the bombing... Unlikely the wife of Mehsud was killed. Suppose that you wish to prevent further bombings then what would you claim?

They are indeed trcky people.
 
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