Dec 7, 2013
Pakistan Says Drone Assassination Will Thwart Taliban Peace Talks
Posted on Nov 2, 2013
Members of the Pakistani Taliban vowed revenge by a wave of suicide bombings for the killing of their leader Friday by a U.S. drone.
Pakistani officials were also furious at the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, saying the attack would stymie planned peace talks between the government and the Taliban and was perhaps intended to do so. Some lawmakers demanded the blocking of U.S. supplies into Afghanistan in retaliation.
“The murder of Hakimullah is the murder of all efforts at peace,” Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar said. “Americans said they support our efforts at peace. Is this support?”
Mehsud’s vehicle was hit in the militant stronghold of Miranshah in northwest Pakistan. He was pinned with a $5 million bounty. Three others were killed in the attack, which apparently took place after a meeting of Taliban leaders. His bodyguard and driver were among those killed.
Mehsud became leader of the al-Qaida-linked Pakistani Taliban in 2009. The group’s two previous leaders were killed by missiles fired from U.S. drones.
—Posted by Alexander Reed Kelly.
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