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Pakistan: Taliban leader killed by drone strike — maybe

November 2, 2013

Four missiles fired from a drone came crashing down on a car in the Pakistani region of North Waziristan recently, reportedly killing Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban. Mehsud was a feared and brutal leader: Under his watch, the Pakistani Taliban orchestrated suicide bombings against Pakistani military targets, claimed responsibility for the attempted killing of Malala Yousafzai, and organizing a suicide bombing against a CIA outpost in Afghanistan that resulted in the deaths of seven American CIA officers and contractors.

Both Pakistani government officials and a high-ranking member of the Taliban confirmed Mehsud\’s death. Taliban officials have never before corroborated rumors of their leader\’s death, lending credence to the story. But you\’ll be forgiven if this feels like déjà vu: Mehsud has made a career of disproving reports of his demise.

FP Passport

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