August 8, 2009 |
The American missile strike that killed Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mahsud, Pakistan's most wanted terrorist and a staunch Al Qaeda ally, dealt a devastating broadside to militants and handed the U.S. a major victory in its bid to help stabilize the volatile nuclear state. Mahsud's death, confirmed by top Pakistani officials as well as the Taliban, creates a vacuum within the command structure of the militant group and gives the Pakistani military a unique opportunity to weaken the group, former top Pakistani security and intelligence officials said.
April 1, 2009 |
Baitullah Mahsud, the leader of Pakistan's Taliban movement, threatened Tuesday to launch attacks in the United States in retaliation for missile strikes by American drones aimed at militant leaders sheltering in Pakistan's tribal areas. In an unusual step, the normally reclusive Mahsud personally made a round of telephone calls to news media representatives claiming responsibility for an audacious commando-style strike on a police training school near the eastern city of Lahore a day earlier.
July 4, 2009 |
Missile attacks believed to be carried out by U.S. drone aircraft Friday targeted a training center and a communications base run by one of Pakistan's most wanted militant leaders, killing 17 people and injuring 27. The attacks in South Waziristan, where Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud and his fighters are entrenched in tribal areas along the Afghan border, come just more than a week after Mahsud narrowly escaped a drone attack on a funeral attended by Taliban militants.
August 17, 2009 |
For years, Al Qaeda and the Pakistani Taliban have nurtured a symbiotic relationship that has paid off for both militant groups. The Taliban provided Al Qaeda and its leaders sanctuary within the rugged wasteland of Pakistan's tribal areas along the Afghan border. In turn, Al Qaeda trained and helped finance its host. Now, with the purported death of Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud and his organization temporarily rudderless, Al Qaeda finds itself made vulnerable by the disarray plaguing its patron, experts and Pakistani intelligence sources say. It's a window of opportunity that neither Pakistan nor the United States can afford to neglect.
August 19, 2009 |
The Taliban's top spokesman in Pakistan, captured this week by tribal fighters and security forces, has confirmed that the country's most wanted militant was killed recently by a U.S. missile strike, sources familiar with his interrogation said today. Maulvi Umar was arrested in the remote Mohmand region along the Afghan border late Monday night with the help of a tribal militia, according to military sources who requested anonymity because they were not authorized to speak about the matter.
August 12, 2009 |
A U.S. missile slammed into a suspected Taliban camp in a lawless Pakistani tribal region, intelligence officials and Taliban commanders said, killing as many as 14 people, nearly a week after a similar strike reportedly took out the group's leader. The missile hit a compound in Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mahsud's stronghold, South Waziristan, near the Afghan border, intelligence officials said.