Taliban Chief Baitullah Meshud’ wife dies in Drone attack
THERE WILL BE HELL TO PAY. Over 20,000 “Taliban” fighters are under the command of Baitullah Mehsud. If your wife were killed by Americans from missiles being fired from 60,000 feet in the air, what would you do? They call this Collateral Damage? There was no Targeted Damage, so this can not be Collateral Damage, it is MURDER. DRONES kill one target and 20 civilians, that’s the facts by our own Pentagon. This can not be called Collateral Damage. End the Drone attacks. We are making new “Fighters” for the cause against us.
Collateral Damage, that’s when your wife dies from a projectile from the sky that is trying to kill you, but you are not there and it kills your wife and others. Read this for a good view of what is Collateral Damage: A Military Euphemism for Murder (see:http://www.zmag.org/znet/viewArticle/1571)
Who died? Two missiles fired from a DRONE (a death machine with no pilot and flown from a post in Las Vegas, Nevada via the internet, sometimes holding 4-500 pound bombs or other missiles) killed the wife of the Pakistan Taliban leader and others. But not the leader. He was not there.
Read the first stories out:
Suspected US drone kills Pakistan Taliban chief’s wife
REUTERS 5 August 2009, 04:53pm IST
The United States has placed a $5 million reward on the head of Mehsud, an ally of al-Qaida widely regarded in Pakistan as Public Enemy No. 1.
Shortly before 1.00am, two missiles struck the sprawling, high-walled compound of Ikramuddin Mehsud, a cleric whose daughter, Baitullah Mehsud, got married last November.
A security official in the region said two militants were killed.
The relative said Mehsud’s wife was also among the dead. “I confirm that the woman who was killed in the strike was the wife of Baitullah Mehsud,” the relative, who did not want to be identified, told Reuters by telephone. He said four children were among the wounded.
Ikramuddin’s daughter was Mehsud’s second wife. Mehsud has no children by his first wife.
The use of airpower is a contentious issue in the conflict raging in the ethnic Pashtun tribal lands straddling Pakistan and Afghanistan, as the guerrillas melt into the population and civilian deaths can harden support for the Taliban.
In the southern Afghan province of Kandahar, an air strike by Western forces late on Tuesday killed three boys and a man from one family, villagers said.
US missile attacks on Mehsud territory in South Waziristan have become more frequent in the past month.
Pakistan has also bombarded the militant stronghold with air raids and medium-range artillery.
Mehsud declared himself leader of the Pakistan Taliban, grouping around 13 factions in the northwest, in late 2007, and his fighters have been behind a wave of suicide attacks inside Pakistan and on Western forces across the border in Afghanistan.
He is accused of being behind the assassination of Benazir Bhutto in December 2007, a charge he has denied.
Conspiracy theories abound over who killed the former prime minister.
US strikes against Mehsud increased after the Pakistan government ordered a military offensive in June.
US drone attacks had hitherto mostly targeted lands held by Taliban leaders from the Wazir tribe as their territory borders Afghanistan and they have been more involved in the Afghan insurgency.
The army has sealed roads around Mehsud’s mountain redoubt and villagers have fled the area, but as the days have dragged on, doubts have grown about whether the army intends to launch a full-blown assault.
South Waziristan’s serrated mountain ridges, dried out river beds and gullies and low chaparral provide perfect terrain for guerrilla warfare, and Mehsud has a force of battle-hardened fighters variously estimated at between 10,000 and more than 20,000.
Analysts believe the army won’t risk opening another front until it has finished a campaign against the Taliban in the Swat valley, far to the east and closer to the capital, Islamabad