Drone kills top Taliban leader

Article Highlights

  • Wali-ur-Rehman was reportedly killed on May 29 in a U.S. drone strike.

    Tweet This

  • Wali-ur-Rehman's death is a blow to enemy and will have significant impact on Pakistani Taliban's leadership.

    Tweet This

  • Wali ur-Rehman's death may also suggest a changed view of Pakistani Taliban among US & Pakistani intelligence agencies.

    Tweet This

Wali-ur-Rehman, top Pakistani Taliban leader and al Qaeda ally, was reportedly killed on May 29 in a U.S. drone strike. His death is a serious blow to the enemy and will have a significant impact on the Pakistani Taliban's leadership. It may also suggest a changed view of the nature of the Pakistani Taliban among U.S. and Pakistani intelligence agencies.

The strike reportedly occurred on the morning of May 29 in the village of Chashma, some three kilometers from Miram Shah, the district headquarters of Pakistan's tribal areas' infamous North Waziristan agency. Seven people were reported killed in the strike, Rehman included, and four were wounded. The other six killed were reportedly members of the main Pakistani Taliban faction, the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), or allied Uzbek militants. Rehman's death has been “confirmed” by several Pakistani intelligence officials and other tribal sources, but the TTP's own official spokesperson so far denies having received reports of his death. The Pakistani government condemned the drone strike, saying that it violated Pakistani sovereignty; the condemnation was issued before reports of Rehman's death emerged, however. The strike was the first inside Pakistan since April 17 and the first since Pakistan's historic general elections on May 11.

To read the full text, please visit www.CriticalThreats.org.

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Reza
Jan

What's new on AEI

In year four of Dodd-Frank, over-regulation is getting old
image Halbig v. Burwell: A stunning rebuke of a lawless and reckless administration
image Beware all the retirement 'crisis' reports
image Cut people or change how they're paid
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 21
    MON
  • 22
    TUE
  • 23
    WED
  • 24
    THU
  • 25
    FRI
Monday, July 21, 2014 | 9:15 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Closing the gaps in health outcomes: Alternative paths forward

Please join us for a broader exploration of targeted interventions that provide real promise for reducing health disparities, limiting or delaying the onset of chronic health conditions, and improving the performance of the US health care system.

Monday, July 21, 2014 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Comprehending comprehensive universities

Join us for a panel discussion that seeks to comprehend the comprehensives and to determine the role these schools play in the nation’s college completion agenda.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014 | 8:50 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Who governs the Internet? A conversation on securing the multistakeholder process

Please join AEI’s Center for Internet, Communications, and Technology Policy for a conference to address key steps we can take, as members of the global community, to maintain a free Internet.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Expanding opportunity in America: A conversation with House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan

Please join us as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) unveils a new set of policy reforms aimed at reducing poverty and increasing upward mobility throughout America.

Thursday, July 24, 2014 | 6:00 p.m. – 7:15 p.m.
Is it time to end the Export-Import Bank?

We welcome you to join us at AEI as POLITICO’s Ben White moderates a lively debate between Tim Carney, one of the bank’s fiercest critics, and Tony Fratto, one of the agency’s staunchest defenders.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled today.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.