Pakistan's government says it is “pretty certain” Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a US drone attack Wednesday. Diplomats say his death would be a coup for Pakistan, but many doubt it will help anti-Taliban efforts in Afghanistan.
Pakistani officials say there is growing evidence that Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud, who has a $5 million price tag on his head, has been killed in a US military strike. A portrait of Pakistan’s most wanted Taliban.
The US government says it cannot confirm reports that Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud was killed in a drone strike Wednesday. If confirmed, Mehsud's death could deal a blow to the sizeable Taliban movement he commands.
The head of the Pakistani Taliban, Baitullah Mehsud, may have died after a drone attack which reportedly killed his wife, a US official has said. American and Pakistani officials are currently seeking confirmation on reports of his death.
A relative quoted by Reuters news agency said the wife of Pakistani Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud was killed on Wednesday, after a suspected US drone fired a missile at her father's house near the Afghan border. The reports remain unconfirmed.
Pakistani security officials say an unmanned drone has killed eight militants in an attack on a fighter training camp as Pakistan and US forces continue their drive to rout out the Taliban from South Waziristan.
A Pakistani military helicopter has crashed after of an apparent technical failure in the semi-autonomous tribal region in north western Pakistan, where fierce fighting between the security forces and Taliban separatists is taking place.
US missiles have targeted a Pakistani Taliban commander's hideout in the tribal area of South Waziristan, a Taliban stronghold. Security forces have given unconfirmed reports of at least five people killed.
At least three civilians have died in clashes between militants and security forces in a tribal area of Pakistan's South Waziristan, where the government is expected to launch an offensive against Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud.
Pakistan has offered 615,000 dollars for information leading to the capture, dead or alive, of local Taliban head Baitullah Mehsud, who is blamed for attacks that killed hundreds in two years of insurgency.