Taliban's Mehsud reportedly alive


The 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."


I am not sure I believe this guy. It is out of character for Mehsud to stay silent this long. He has been doing a first rate imitation of a dead man up until now. After the first attack on him he bragged about his survival. There has been no such brag since the attack that was believed to have killed him.

If he is alive he needs to be found and targeted for a Hellfire attack. I recommend using the full size Hellfire if we have to hit him again.


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