Sunday, January 31st, 2010
Who knows if this is true or not? Who knows if Hakimullah Mehsud is (or was) a puppet of the occupying forces, as has been reported of his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud? This must be what is referred to as the ‘fog of war’. One thing is for certain – it is extremely difficult to trust the media, which in wartime especially operates on a set of principles Noam Chomsky and Edward S. Herman proposed in the 1980s – the propaganda model of the media. The truth, when it can be discerned, must be arrived at by a close reading and comparison of multiple stories in the attempt to abstract out bias.
Flashback: Killer of CIA agents in Afghanistan called for revenge for Baitullah Mehsud | Pakistani militant leader dead: Taliban | Whistleblower Who Linked “Taliban” Leader To US Intelligence Is Assassinated | Pakistani president Asif Zardari admits creating terrorist groups | Western Governments Funding Taliban & Al-Qaeda To Kill U.S. Troops, Destabilize Countries | The Main Result of the “War on Terror”: The Destabilization of Pakistan | Report: CIA runs secret bases in Pakistan | Key Benazir Bhutto assassination witness shot dead | CIA, Pakistani ISI have long, complicated relationship | US Allowed Taliban, Al-Qaeda Airlift Evacuation
January 31, 2010
The Pakistani army said Sunday it is investigating reports that Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud died from injuries sustained in a U.S. drone missile strike in mid-January.
The militant leader’s death would be an important success for both Pakistan, which has been battling the Pakistani Taliban, and the U.S., which blames Mehsud for a recent deadly bombing against the CIA in Afghanistan.
The army’s disclosure came shortly after Pakistani state television, citing unnamed “official sources,” reported that Mehsud died in Orakzai, an area in Pakistan’s northwest tribal region where he was reportedly being treated for his injuries.
“We have these reports coming to us,” army spokesman Gen. Athar Abbas told The Associated Press. “We are investigating whether it is true or wrong.”