Suspected UAV Strike Kills Leader of Pakistani Taliban
By Harold Hutchison
According to multiple media reports, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban was killed in a missile strike believed to have been carried out by an American Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. The Pakistani Taliban is the terrorist organization responsible for the shooting of Malala Yousafzai, a 16-year-old young woman who advocated for the education of girls and women, in October, 2012.
Hakimullah Mehsud, lead the organization, also known as the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, which has close ties to al-Qaeda. Mehsud had taken over the organization in 2009 after his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud, was also killed in a suspected UAV strike. Hakimullah Mehsud was known for planning attacks on fuel trucks in Pakistan.
There was a $5 million bounty on the head of Mehsud, who had been hiding out in a village North Waziristan known to be a stronghold of the Haqqani Network. The Pakistani Taliban was declared a Foreign Terrorist Organization in 2010.
With the death of this tyrant, it is safe to say that there has been some justice acquired for Ms. Yousefzai.