Friday, April 30, 2010

Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is alive

Exclusive: Setback for CIA after Pakistan intelligence official admits drone attack failed to kill the Pakistan Taliban commanderThe Taliban leader in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, survived an American drone strike in January and is alive and well, a senior official with Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence agency told the Guardian today.Mehsud was reported to have died in a CIA drone strike in South Waziristan in January
but, although Pakistan's interior minister claimed he had been killed, the death was never confirmed by either US or Pakistani intelligence.Today the senior intelligence official said he had seen video footage of the missile attack on Mehsud but other intelligence had since confirmed the insurgent leader survived. He declined to elaborate further."He is alive," said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. "He had some wounds but he is basically OK."Mehsud's apparent survival will be a blow to the CIA, which intensified efforts to kill the flamboyant young Taliban leader early this year after he appeared in a video alongside an al-Qaida operative who killed seven American spies at a base in southern Afghanistan in late


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