August 7, 2009

SO "NEARLY INACCESSIBLE" MEANS EASY PICKINS?:

Air strike kills Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud: Taliban confirms death of notorious commander after missiles hit farmhouse along Afghan border (Declan Walsh, 8/07/09, guardian.co.uk)

Kafayat Ullah, an aide to Mehsud, told the Associated Press news agency that Mehsud and his second wife were killed in Wednesday's missile attack in South Waziristan. He would not provide any further details.

Mehsud is said to have died when a drone plane fired two Hellfire missiles at a remote farmhouse where he was sheltering, early on Wednesday.

The death of Mehsud would represent a quantum leap for Pakistan's war against the rampaging Islamist militancy based in the tribal belt along the Afghan border.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 7, 2009 6:55 AM
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