Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Taliban Big Wig Killed by "Suspected US Drone" attack

What's the poop on the description of the attack as by a "Suspected" US drone?  Do the meatheads at the Washington Post think it may have been from a Canadian Drone?  There is a better chance that it was a Eric Holder drone - but he's not talking.

And get this:  the Post is reporting that only 14 drone attacks have taken place this year.  Considering the great success, why then is this only a fraction of last year's number?

 Maybe the Obama Administration is being kinder and gentler to the enemy in deference to the bleeding heart liberals that elected him and his ilk.

This from the Washington Post

Taliban commander believed dead in U.S. drone strike in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan —The Pakistani Taliban’s second-in-command was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike early Wednesday in the tribal North Waziristan region, two Pakistani intelligence officials and a local Pakistani Taliban commander in the region said.

An official spokesman for the insurgent group, however, said he had no confirmation of the leader’s death. “I have no such information,” Ehsanullah Ehsan said in a phone interview from an undisclosed location in the tribal region.

Pakistani officials: missiles apparently fired from a drone killed 4 alleged militants near Afghan border.

The officials in North Waziristan, who did not want their names used, said at least four people were killed in the drone strike, including Wali ur-Rehman, a top deputy to Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud.

Rehman’s death would be a major blow to the Pakistani Taliban insurgency, which is waging war against the state to impose harsh Islamic law and has been linked to thousands of civilian and military deaths. In the past, however, numerous militant leaders — including Mehsud — have been falsely reported as being killed by drones or other strikes, only to quickly resurface.

The attack, covered extensively by Pakistani news outlets, comes at a sensitive time, as Pakistan’s newly elected government prepares to take office and debate continues both here and in the United States about the CIA-operated drone program. The number of drone strikes in Pakistan has declined sharply over the last four years, from a high of 117 in 2010 to 14 so far this year, according to statistics maintained by The Long War Journal.

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