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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
This man was more an enemy of Pakistan than he was of the US . Indeed , many suspect that he was working hand in hand with the CIA . It would be interesting to know who killed him , I would think the ISI would be the agency most likely to have carried out this termination
He is not 'the Taliban leader' , but the leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) a pakistani group , whose agenda does not align itself with the Afghan Taliban contingent .
Baitullah Mehsud had emerged as one of the most wanted Islamist extremists in Pakistan's lawless western tribal regions, leading a large army of militants that have fought U.S. and Pakistani forces on both sides of the Afghan-Pakistani border.
Pakistani officials accused Mr. Mehsud of being behind a number of high-profile terrorist attacks, including the assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto in 2007.
The Central Intelligence Agency, in concert with Pakistan's intelligence service, has conducted a widening campaign against militant leaders inside Pakistan using unmanned Predator drones to conduct air strikes against suspected hideouts.
Can you say the US deliberately killed him ? , no ..Can you say the ISI did not make sure he was there at that particular time ? , no . I have conjecture and questions , and why not . You have a closed mind and have already established the events as written in stone, and that is your prerogative .
AUGUST 9, 2009...4:03 PM
CIA Stunned – Americans Led To Strike Wrong Target.
The drone strike that resulted in the death of Pakistan’s most wanted terrorist is believed to be a result of deliberately planted false intelligence, sources in South Waziristan have confirmed.
Rival militants close to Qari Zainullah Mehsud (who was killed on Baitullah Mehsud’s orders) tipped off suspected local CIA informers about the presence of a ‘high value afghan taliban target’ in a house in South Waziristan.
Qari Zainuddin, a former aide of Baitullah Mehsud, had denounced Baitullah Mehsud in June this year and had revealed Mehsud’s links with Indian and Israeli intelligence agencies. Zainuddin was gunned down in his office the next day and Baitullah Mehsud claimed responsibility for the killing.
In what appears to be an attempt to extract revenge by those loyal to Qari Zainuddin, false intelligence was deliberately fed to a number of local residents suspected of working as informers for the Americans in Afghanistan. Hours later, a CIA operated drone guided by a physically dropped electronic homing device, attacked and destroyed the house which the Americans believed was occupied by Anti-US Afghan Taliban.
The CIA has been paying tribesman in Waziristan “plant the electronic devices” near militant safehouses, reported the Guardian on June 1st this year. “Hours or days later, a drone, guided by the signal from the chip, destroys the building with a salvo of missiles.”
This isn’t the first time an electronic homing device has led the Americans to strike a wrong target. The Guardian’s report continues
The ‘wrong target’ for the Americans on this occasion has turned out to be the right one for the Pakistanis, who have seen a violent rise in suicide attacks and assasinations in recent years, most of which had been tracked backed to Baitullah Mehsud’s Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan.
Pakistani security officials have long complained about the Americans’ choice of targets.