Thursday, April 29, 2010

Pakistan Taliban Chief Now Believed Alive

DAMN ! Hakimullah is ALIVE !
WTF ! Well they say he is messed up , That's good !
He ain't in charge anymore , Also good !
So he's not dead but at least he is out (For Now).

ISLAMABAD -- Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is now believed to have survived a U.S. missile strike earlier this year, but has lost clout within the militant network, a senior intelligence official said Thursday.

The revelation contradicts initial confidence among U.S. and Pakistani intelligence officials that the brash militant leader had been killed in a mid-January missile attack in the Waziristan stretch of the northwest tribal belt bordering Afghanistan.

The Taliban consistently denied Mehsud was killed, but declined to offer evidence he was alive, saying it would compromise his safety.

The latest independent investigations and reports from multiple sources in the field led Pakistani intelligence to conclude Mehsud had indeed survived, though with some slight injuries, the official told The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because of the topic's sensitivity.

But Mehsud's power has lessened, and other Taliban commanders, such as Waliur Rehman, are now overshadowing him, the official said.

Two other intelligence officials in the northwest told The Associated Press over the past several days that they had determined that Mehsud was alive. They spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to media on the record.

The officials were vague about the evidence they had now that made them doubt earlier conclusions that Mehsud was dead. At the time, officials also did not elaborate on why they believed the militant had been killed.

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