Friday, November 1, 2013

US Drone Strike Kills Leader of Pakistani Taliban; US Had a $5M Bounty on Hakimullah Mehsud

Pakistani intelligence officials said today (November 1, 2013) that an American drone strike killed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, Hakimullah Mehsud, according to the New York Times website.

If confirmed, his death would be a major achievement for the covert Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) program at a time when drones have come under renewed scrutiny over civilian casualties in both Pakistan and the United States.

Mehsud -- a showy and ruthless militant leader whose group has been responsible for the death of thousands of civilians across Pakistan as well as many soldiers -- had a $5 million United States government bounty on his head.

The CIA and the White House declined to comment on the reported militant commander's death.

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