Port Vila, Vanuatu (PressExposure) August 10, 2009 -- With no chance of escape from the sky, death appears on silent wings, if you happen to live in remote areas of Pakistan.
A suspected U.S. drone has killed the second wife, as well as Baitullah Mehsud, the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan. The unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) targeted the home of Mehsudâs father-in âlaw in northwestern Pakistan, dropping two missiles. It was believed that Mehsud was not in the house at the time of the strike.
The only military that has the ability to operate missile launching UAVs in the area, is the United States. Hideouts belonging to Mehsud are frequently shelled by both Pakistani and suspected U.S. drones. It is believed that Taliban key leaders have been targeted by the military of Pakistan. Washington does not acknowledge responsibility for the attacks.
In December 2007, Benazir Bhutto, Pakistan Former Prime Minister was gunned down at a political rally. The current president of Pakistan is Asif Ali Zardari, is Bhutto's widower. The Pakistani Taliban chief was behind the assassination of Bhutto, was recently confirmed by one of Mehsudâs close assistants, though Menshud denied being responsible.
Mehsud was the leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban militant group and suspected of organizing numerous other Pakistani suicide attacks. Only weeks ago the Pakistani army said it was preparing for a major offensive against Mehsud and his widespread network. Pakistan has deployed more than 100,000 troops to flush out militants and their local supporters in North and South Waziristan tribal areas.
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