Posts Tagged ‘Hakeemullah’
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Government and intelligence officials, as well as some Taliban commanders and at least one rival militant have said Baitullah Mehsud likely died in last Wednesday’s drone strike on his father-in-law’s house…
Neither side has produced any concrete evidence, and the claims were impossible to verify…
The odds are pretty good, though, that the Drone Patrol gamers got him.
Two intelligence officials and two Taliban sources told an AP reporter that a series of shuras were held in various locations in South Waziristan. They said that Sunday’s shura was also attended by Afghan Taliban representatives and Arab fighters to resolve differences over Mehsud’s succession.
The Taliban appeared in turmoil after reports of a deadly shootout between contenders to replace Baitullah. The contenders were reportedly Commander Hakeemullah Mehsud, a deputy to Baitullah Mehsud and the warlord’s main spokesman, and Waliur Rehman, a senior commander in Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan.
Taliban commanders have said the government is fabricating reports of dissent within its ranks to promote division and undermine the movement.