Pakistan's government has released a statement, after a U.S. drone strike on Nov. 1, through its foreign ministry department, saying it "strongly condems" a U.S. drone strike in Waziristan.
CNN reports, "the Government of Pakistan has consistently maintained that drone strikes are counter-productive, entail loss of innocent civilian lives and have human rights and humanitarian implications."
The strike is reported to have killed a Taliban leader, Hakeemullah Mehsud. He was killed in the tribal area of North Waziristan in Pakistan.
Mehsud was the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, who was responsible for numerous terrorist attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan.
In 2009, he was responsible for a deadly attack against a U.S. military base in Afghanistan. He was also responsible for a failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in May 2011.
The Long War Journal reports the U.S. had been searching four-years for Mehsud. Drones were said to have been successful in finding him on Nov. 1.
Mehsud was killed as he was leaving a mosque in the town of Darpa Danday Khel. That town is reported to be "a hotbed of al Qaeda" activity. The Taliban, and Haqqani Network operate freely in the jihadist-controlled area.
The Long War Journal also reports, "Hakeemullah was not the first jihadist killed near the village; on July 2, US drones killed an al Qaeda military trainer and a Haqqani Network leader there."
CNN reports that Mehsud was killed along with three other people in the strike. They also say, "One missile hit a compound, and another struck a car nearby, according to Pakistani sources."
The Pakistani government had just begun negotiations with the terrrorist group when Mehsud was killed. The Taliban hasn't released any official "martyrdom statements" confirming Mehsud's death. According to the SITE Intelligence Group a spokesman, Shahidullah Shahid, told reporters in Pakistan that the emir had been killed.
There have been threats of an attack by The Muhajideen Shura in North Waziristan to avenge his death. The threats have been issued against the Pakistani state and their military.
Mehsud became the leader of the Pakistani Taliban after drones killed Baitullah Mehsud in Aug. 2009. Before his rise to power, he led Taliban activity in Arkzai.
No doubt the U.S. had Hakeemullah Mehsud in their sights after he appeared on a video driving a U.S. Humvee. The military vehicle was hijacked from shipment of military supplies headed to Afghanistan. In 2009, the Pakistani military tried to take Mehsud down in a well planned offensive against him in South Waziristan.
Where the Pakistani military wasn't successful in eliminating the terrorist leader, the U.S. was. The U.S. highly touts their successes against terrorists by their remotely piloted drone program. There have been several top leaders and operatives of the Taliban killed by U.S. drones. Mehsud's deputy Waliur Rehman was killed during a drone strike earlier this year.
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