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August 18, 2009

Mehsud said to be dead (again)

Filed under: Terrorist Threats & Attacks — by Philip J. Palin on August 18, 2009

The BBC is reporting, “The chief spokesman for the Taliban in Pakistan, who was arrested on Monday, has confirmed that the group’s leader is dead, Pakistani officials have said. A minister from North West Frontier Province said Maulvi Omar had stated that Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack earlier this month. The Taliban had previously denied US and Pakistani reports that he was dead.”

Additional reports are available from DAWN and prior coverage by HLSWatch is available here and here and here and here.

UPDATE (Wednesday, August 19)

Claiming Mehsud is still alive, but “seriously ill,” a deputy has claimed leadership of TTP forces.  See following reports.

Pakistan Taliban commander claims leadership (AFP)

Faqir Mohammed takes command (The Long War Journal)

UPDATE (Sunday, August 23)

Kamran Haider with Reuters is reporting, “There’s confusion. Two days ago, Fariq Mohammad claimed he’s acting chief and now he says Hakimullah is,” one senior intelligence officer in northwest Pakistan said. “It’s a trick.” Intelligence officials insisted Hakimullah was killed or gravely wounded in a shootout with a rival days after Baitullah Mehsud was killed by a U.S. missile strike on Aug. 5

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Comment by William R. Cumming

August 19, 2009 @ 11:08 am

And this time we are sure?

Comment by Obama Lies (Again)

November 2, 2013 @ 12:06 pm

It’s November 2013 and Obama has said that they JUST killed this guy. Yes, AGAIN! This is the sixth time. Not a ‘real’ president.

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