May 3rd, 2010
03:53 PM ET

Security Brief: 'Slain' Taliban leader garners attention

Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud speaks to reporters in Mamouzi, Pakistan, in 2008.

For three months, Hakimullah Mehsud was supposedly dead, killed in a U.S. drone attack in the mountains of Pakistan, according to Pakistani officials.

Then word came last week from intelligence sources in Pakistan that he had not after all been killed, that he had been injured but not seriously.

And within days of that news, not one but two messages followed from Mehsud himself, both purportedly recorded in April. They warned of imminent attacks by the Pakistani Taliban, known as Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan or TTP, on unspecified targets in the United States.

U.S. intelligence and counterterrorism officials remain very skeptical about any TTP involvement in the weekend's attempted car bombing in New York. One senior official said it would be "an enormous surprise" if they were involved.

The TTP has shown little appetite or capability for operating beyond Pakistan and Afghanistan, though it was linked to a suicide bombing plot that unfolded in Spain and was broken up in 2008.

But Mehsud is back in action, courting publicity again.

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  1. FZ

    Nuke them? Why don't you stop the CIA from funding them first. I am a middle eastern and I believe most of our problems including the Taliban gets its roots from US. In fact they never wants us to develop so they fund these people to destroy our lives. that's why people in middle east hate USA. @ Matt, do you think every one in that region is evil and everyone in America is born pure angle????

    May 4, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  2. FZ

    I meant @ Mark !

    May 4, 2010 at 10:17 pm | Report abuse |
  3. chosen one

    there are a lot of cold blooded people in the united states and they are just as dumb as they are cold blooded. Wake up people and learn to live with each other...never talk bad about what you want to happen to people in this world.. the chickens will come home to roost..

    May 5, 2010 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. Marcus

    The Taliban & The Tea Party both need to be stopped and put on the watch lists. President Obama and his administration know exactly how to deal with this situation. I am happy we don't have Bush and the GOP nuts that would only egg on the other nuts. TALIBAN = TEA PARTY

    May 5, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  5. Mission Acomplished

    Yet another proof the CIA is a bunch of morons.
    Hadn't they killed this guy already, using a drone?

    Come to think, did they find Saddam's WMD stockpiles yet?
    After all it was based on their claims that Iraq was attacked and this
    decade-long war dragged on, wasn't it?


    May 5, 2010 at 10:53 am | Report abuse |
  6. Buttersnaps

    The U.S. was bragging about how they killed him. This administration can't get anything right. A bombing in NY was almost successful. These people aren't playing, but apparently the U.S. is. Instead of trying to be global rock start, Obama needs to grow some balls.

    May 5, 2010 at 11:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. e

    Maybe he rose from the dead. Maybe the nations of Islam have a new prophet. ugh! As an American, this is simply humiliating! :/

    Buttersnaps, I have to agree, clearly these people aren't the sort you can just sit down and have a cup of tea with to negotiate peace. Our president is either a fool or in cahoots!

    May 5, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Emmanuel

    @ Mark, your thoughts are like that of a wounded lion who, in the the proccess of his anger killed his cob. Nuke them right? what happenes to the inncent ones among them? the non-nationals living there due to job postings? Westerners "milking these people's resources? think well my brother, think when reactng to sensitive issues like this one. I am an African and i felt really bad when i read your post.

    May 5, 2010 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Joe

    To the idiots saying "nuke them all" (which would kill hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians) how would you feel if China decided America's gangs are too violent and started nuking downtown cities to kill the bad guys. That's just fine, right?

    Oh right, you guys are the civil ones and they are the bloodthirsty animal muslims, right? NUKE THEM ALL!

    How civil and American of you! Good thing you're nothing like those terrorists who kill indescriminately!

    May 5, 2010 at 9:50 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Brandon

    people say we should keep out of other countries because it's none of our problems. Bull! A group of people who plan on world-domination is a threat. nuclear weapons in the hands of hostile countries is a threat.

    May 6, 2010 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse |
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