Report: Pakistan Taliban leader dead in drone strike

Rick Moran
The report is based on radio intercepts between Taliban groups and would certainly be welcome news if true. Fox News: The report coincided with sectarian violence - a bomb blast in eastern Pakistan that killed 14 people in a Shiite religious procession. The claim that the Pakistani Taliban chief was killed came from officials who said they intercepted a number of Taliban radio conversations. In about a half a dozen intercepts, the militants discussed whether their chief, Hakimullah Mehsud, was killed on Jan. 12 in the North Waziristan tribal area. Some militants confirmed Mehsud was dead, and one criticized others for talking about the issue over the radio. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to reporters. Pakistani Taliban spokesman Asimullah Mehsud denied the group's leader was killed and said he was not in the area where the drone strike occurred. In early 2010, both Pakistani and American officials said they believed a missile...(Read Full Post)

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