Sep 30 2008
Some great news out of the tribal regions of Pakistan:
The leader of Pakistan’s Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, is dead from kidney failure, sources told CNN.
The Pakistan government blamed Mehsud for the December 27, 2007, assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto.
An unnamed Islamabad-based source with connections within the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan said Mehsud died about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Military officials in the field confirmed to CNN that Mehsud had died.
Baitullah Mehsud (pictured below) was a very charismatic leader of anti-American Taliban forces in the tribal areas of Pakistan, and thought to be hiding a significant number of al-Qaeda leaders.
News of his death probably went out to all key Taliban and al-Qaeda leaders in the area – which possibly resulted in some targets of opportunities for US unmanned drones:
A U.S. pilotless drone fired two missiles at a house in northwest Pakistan killing five people, Pakistani intelligence agency officials said on Wednesday.
Frustrated by an intensifying Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan, U.S. forces have in the past month carried out seven missile strikes by pilotless drones and a commando raid on the Pakistani side of the border.
In the latest attack, a drone fired two missiles at a house near the town of Mir Ali in North Waziristan, at about midnight on Tuesday (1800 GMT), two intelligence agency officials said.
The area is a known sanctuary for Pakistani Taliban and foreign militants near the Afghan border.
“We have reports of five dead including foreign militants,” said one of the officers, who declined to be identified as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Allah is probably running low on virgins this month.