PAKISTANI TALIBAN LEADER WHO KILLED AMERICANS TARGETED IN US DRONE STRIKE

Fox News on November 2, 2013, reported that the Pakistani Taliban’s top council is said to have selected a new leader to replace the militant movement’s chief, Mehsud, killed in a U.S. drone strike… Excerpts below:

The U.S. National Counterterrorism Center describes Mehsud as “the self-proclaimed emir of the Pakistani Taliban.” Mehsud is on the FBI’s most-wanted terrorist list, with a $5 million dollar reward for information leading to his capture, and has been near the top of the CIA Counterterrorism Center’s most wanted list for his role in the December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven Americans — CIA officers and their security detail — at Forward Operating Base Chapman in Khost, Afghanistan. The suicide bomber, a Jordanian double agent, was ushered into the military base to brief CIA officers on al Qaeda, and detonated his explosive vest once he’d reached the inside of the base.

Reuters reporetd that the council elected to replace Mehsud with their number two commander, Khan Said, also known as Sajna, who is believed to have masterminded a 2012 attack on a jail in Pakistan that freed nearly 400 prisoners.

Mehsud, who is also believed to be behind a failed car bombing in New York’s Times Square in 2010 as well as brazen attacks inside Pakistan,…

The tribal areas where the drone attacks occur are dangerous, making it difficult for journalists to independently confirm information.

The strike—which hit the village of Dande Derpa Khel in North Waziristan– also killed four other suspected militants, according to two Pakistani intelligence officials.

Mehsud was indicted on charges of “conspiracy to murder U.S. citizens abroad and conspiracy to use a weapon of mass destruction (explosives) against US citizens abroad,” the NCTC site says.

Two senior intelligence officials in North Waziristan said agents sent to the site of the attack in a village outside of the main city of the province confirmed his identity. Two senior Taliban commanders said they had gone to the area and had seen the remains of the militant commander’s body.

All the officials and the militant commanders spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to talk to the media.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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