Taliban Leader Baitullah Mehsud Killed in US Missile Strike
Baitullah Mehsud (Or Baitullah Mehsood, pictured above) and his fighters captured a company-sized military convoy in South Waziristan during a complex military operation in early September 2007 (Long War Journal). His fighters also captured two different Pakistani forts in 2008 and he is suspected of being behind Benazir Bhutto’s assassination. The CIA also agreed that the assassins of Benazir Bhutto, the former Pakistani prime minister, were directed by Baitullah Mehsud.
Pakistani authorities announced today that Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US missile strike.
The AP reported:
Pakistan’s Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, who led a violent campaign of suicide attacks and assassinations against the Pakistani government, has been killed in a U.S. missile strike, a militant commander and aide to Mehsud said Friday.
Earlier, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi told reporters in Islamabad that intelligence showed Mehsud had been killed in Wednesday’s missile strike on his father-in-law’s house in Pakistan’s lawless tribal area, but authorities would travel to the site to verify his death.
Pakistani and U.S. intelligence officials said the CIA was behind the strike. All spoke on condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the matter.