US Drone Assassinates Top Pakistani Taliban Commander

Explore the data: Drone strikes in Pakistan

Explore the data: Drone strikes in Pakistan

The deputy leader of the Pakistani Taliban has been killed in a suspected USA drone strike and a new deputy has been appointed said the Tehrik-e-Taliban paksitan.

Khalid Mehsood, deputy leader of the umbrella Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), died after the pre-dawn strike in North Waziristan tribal agency on February 8, the militants said in the emailed statement.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

Islamabad opposes the drone strikes, saying they violate its sovereignty.

But there were conflicting accounts of the drone attack from Pakistani intelligence officials and militant sources. He added that a commander called Mufti Noor Wali Wali was appointed by the Taliban chief to succeed Sanja.

A Taliban infiltrator killed 16 members of a pro-government militia force in the insurgency ridden southern province of Helmand when he turned his gun on men who he had worked with for months, officials said on Monday.

After the pullback, Taliban fighters seized a sizable amount of territory, especially in Helmand, with local officials estimating that the extremists controlled some 85 percent of the poppy-growing province early past year.

Wali, like his predecessor, would lead militants in South Waziristan, a rugged mountainous region on the Afghan border which has always been home to Pakistani, Afghan and al Qaeda-linked foreign militants. Much of the border with Pakistan's northwestern tribal areas is off-limits to foreign journalists, and strikes along the porous frontier are hard to verify.

U.S. drone strikes in the border region have picked up since U.S. President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, though they are a long way off their peak in 2010.