The morning after Baitullah Mehsud threatened to attack Washington D.C. an attack drone slammed into a training camp associated with his movement. Early reports indicate eight to twelve were killed. But the New York Times indicates Baitullah Mehsud was not in the camp and the principal target – a senior lieutenant of the Pakistani warlord – escaped.
According to this morning’s Washington Post, “U.S. counterterrorism officials Tuesday dismissed Mehsud’s threat to attack Washington.”
On Tuesday Mehsud also claimed responsibility for an attack on the Lahore police academy, saying the operation was in retaliation for previous drone attacks in Northwest Pakistan.
Today (Wednesday) at 3:00 pm the Senate Foreign Relations Committee will hold a hearing entitled Enhanced Partnership with Pakistan. A bit more on Mehsud might be expected to emerge.
It is worth reading an editorial in today’s Daily Times of Pakistan focused on Mehsud. In begins with an interesting analysis and concludes referring to Mehsud’s group, “The foremost threat is internal and it comes directly from the Taliban-Al Qaeda combine, as proved by the incident at Manawan. The Pakistani mind should now be concentrated on the removal of this internal threat.”
Another backgrounder on Mehsud and the TTP is available from GlobalSecurity.org.