Baitullah Mehsud is reported to have died of natural causes; US intelligence does not believe he is dead. A US airstrike killed five extremists in Mirali in North Waziristan. Thirteen Taliban were killed in fighting in Bajaur. Security forces detained five members of Lashkar-e-Jhangwi in Gujranwala. The Taliban demanded the release of 136 of their fighters in exchange for two Chinese engineers.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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