Monday, 15 October, 2018

Pakistani Taliban confirm No. 2 killed in United States drone strike

SAS officers patrolling in Afghanistan GETTY ON A MISSION SAS troops fight daily in Afghanistan often in support of local commandos
Faye Gross | 15 February, 2018, 06:57

Khalid Mehsud was the deputy leader of the banned Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan, or TPP, which is the main faction of the Pakistani Taliban.

Four insurgents including a foreign national have been killed as government forces stormed a base of Taliban group in Jurm district of the northern Badakhshan province on Tuesday, an army spokesman in the region said.

"We confirm that deputy head of the TTP Khalid Mehsud died in a drone strike", said a spokesman, Mohammad Khurasani, Reuters reported. He added that a commander called Mufti Noor Wali Wali was appointed by the Taliban chief to succeed Sanja.

The military funds for Pakistan, however, include a condition which requires Islamabad to a decisive action against the Haqqani network and other terrorist groups to receive the assistance.

The inaugural round of the Pakistan-initiated dialogue was held in Kabul on February 3 following deadly Taliban-claimed attacks in Kabul on January 20 and January 27, which killed almost 150 people and injured hundreds more.

USA reportedly killed as many as 100 Russian fighters in Syria attack
The strike was the second by the US against "pro-regime" forces since Wednesday, according to the USA military's Central Command. About Mattis said at the briefing, the transcript of which was spread by the Ministry of defense, reports TASS.


Pakistani officials had earlier reported unconfirmed reports about Sajna's killing in a USA strike.

Mehsud's death would further weaken the Pakistani Taliban, who have been forced to reduce their activities due to a relatively successful Pakistan military offensive, BBC Urdu's Haroon Rashid reports.

A high-ranking leader of the Pakistani Taliban died in a USA drone attack, the terrorist organization confirmed on Monday, Feb. 12.

Many TTP militants have sought refuge in Afghanistan. Islamabad denies charges that it harbors militants.

His influence can be seen from how he defied Mullah Fazlullah - who officially became the third TTP leader after Hakimullah's death in a drone strike in 2014.

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