Pakistan Taliban leader killed

Pakistan Taliban leader killed

Ordinarily, the murder of one Muslim terrorist in the tribal area of Pakistan by another would be considered a good thing and presumably inconsequential to Americans and the West. ¬†Such news is frequently met with a degree of lassitude by even the most astute followers of the Islamic threat, and is quickly forgotten as other terrorist leaders eventually emerge from the constant carnage. It is this mindset that could partially be blamed for the run-up to 9/11, along with our lack of attention or more importantly, our understanding of potentially critical events that take place in remote and lawless regions of the world. Such could be the case of the murder of Qari Zainuddin Mehsud (pictured at right)by Taliban rival Baitullah Mehsud, (pictured above left) the de facto ruler of Waziristan.Baitullah Mehsud, the Muslim terrorist who is behind the majority of destabilizing attacks inside Pakistan, firmed up his control by having his main opposition leader killed Tuesday. The long-haired Pakistani Taliban leader most Americans will remember for threatening to launch an “attack in Washington that will amaze everyone in the world” earlier this year, emerged victorious over the Pakistani state-sponsored Qari Zainuddin Mehsud. ¬†Zainuddin , shot and killed in Dera Ismal Khan, was reportedly an asset for the Pakistani military and a key in the military‚Äôs plans to regain control n South Waziristan.

The already unstable Pakistan just got a bit more unstable, according to some military and intelligence analysts. Mehsud, who operates from South Waziristan, an area within a mountainous region bordering Afghanistan known as the Federally Administered Tribal Areas, commands at least 10,000 armed followers and models himself after Taliban leader Mullah Omar. Baitullah Mehsud is responsible for the assassination of former Pakistani Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto and has promised to export terror to the U.S.