Qari Hussain Mehsud killed in Predator strike?

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Image from an audiotape from Qari Hussain Mehsud, who takes credit for the failed car bombing in New York City. Qari Hussain is a senior leader and master bomb maker in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. YouTube has removed the audiotape.

I have been hearing rumors that Qari Hussain Mehsud, the deputy to Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan’s emir, Hakeemullah Mehsud, was either wounded or killed in a recent Predator strike in Pakistan, but haven’t gotten anything near confirmation. NDTV is claiming he was killed:

In a major setback to Taliban, missiles fired from US drones have killed its top commander and group’s deputy chief Qari Hussain Mehsud, mastermind of many suicide attacks across Pakistan, sources claimed on Friday.

The drones hit a militant compound in Jungle Khel area near Miranshah, the main town in North Waziristan Agency, killing four militants including Qari Hussain on October 7.

There was no word from the Taliban on whether the dreaded commander, best known as a trainer of suicide bombers, had died in the attack.

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Qari Hussain Mehsud. Image is from a Pakistani Army wanted poster.

Qari Hussain is a media-savvy Taliban leader. If he’s alive, he’ll more likely than not tell us, and soon. He’s gone out of his way to dispel rumors of his death in the past, and to mock those who’ve made the claim in the process.

For more on Qari Hussain, see LWJ reports Taliban’s mastermind of suicide attacks is alive and Pakistani Taliban claim credit for failed NYC Times Square car bombing.

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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8 Comments

  • Bob says:

    Geo TV’s now pushing it as their front page story. Interesting coming on the heels of the latest US concerns on the TTP (//www.foxnews.com/us/2010/10/14/exclusive-pakistani-taliban-new-operative-inside-times-square-failure-sources/?test=latestnews).

  • ArneFufkin says:

    “Qari Hussain is a media-savvy Taliban leader. If he’s alive, he’ll more likely than not tell us, and soon. He’s gone out of his way to dispel rumors of his death in the past, and to mock those who’ve made the claim in the process.”
    I appreciate that insight Bill. It will interesting to see if he pops up.

  • Girish says:

    Good. Less weight on the earth. That was all he was.

  • vladimir says:

    I certainly hope we got him, one less pschyopath running around. However, I’m not going to hold my breath. The Pakistanis are notoriously bad at these reports and have brought his name up before. This is guy is definately hard to kill, so I will welcome the opputunity to cross him off the list.

  • Bungo says:

    If true I will definitely uncap an ice cold Lone Star beer in celebration. My heart soars like an eagle when I read such news. Let’s hope it is one more in a long line of future bulls eyes.

  • Bungo says:

    If true I will definitely uncap an ice cold Lone Star beer in celebration. My heart soars like an eagle when I read such news. Let’s hope it is one more in a long line of future bulls eyes.

  • Bob says:

    “Qari Hussain is a media-savvy Taliban leader. If he’s alive, he’ll more likely than not tell us, and soon. He’s gone out of his way to dispel rumors of his death in the past, and to mock those who’ve made the claim in the process.”
    Perhaps for clarity you should add ” — ”
    “Qari Hussain is a media-savvy Taliban leader. If he’s alive, he’ll more likely than not — tell us, and soon. He’s gone out of his way to dispel rumors of his death in the past, and to mock those who’ve made the claim in the process.”

  • Mr T says:

    I believe this is the trainer of child suicide bombers. True scum to manipulate the minds of children for his evil purposes. A special hot place in hades will be waiting for this low life.
    Also, since he claims some responsibility for the Times Square bomber and recent drone strikes have been obstensibly to stop a Mumbai style attack in Europe, and a warning has gone out that another bomber may be in the US, this strike may have been to disrupt a US plot. If so , looks like we were spot on.

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