Leading Pakistani Taliban Deputy Believed Killed

ISLAMABAD -- Officials say a top Pakistani Taliban commander is believed to have died in a Pakistan army airstrike.

Maulvi Faqir Mohammed's death would be the latest blow to insurgents who have threatened Pakistan and U.S. forces in neighboring Afghanistan.

Two intelligence officials say he likely died along with two dozen other militants Friday in the northwest Mohmand tribal area.

They spoke on condition of anonymity since they are not authorized to talk to the media.

Mohammed ran the Pakistani Taliban's operations in the Bajur region and is thought to be close to al-Qaida No. 2 leader Ayman al-Zawahri.

Interior Minister Rehman Malik says he would be surprised if Mohammed is alive.

Independent confirmation is nearly impossible to get immediately in the remote area.

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  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Mar 6, 2010 at 04:45 PM
    And just what position did he hold in the Pakistani government?
  • by VANCE on Mar 6, 2010 at 04:03 PM
    To GOOD not JOB at 3:34PM,Is a good job not calling the Fort Hood Massacre a terrorist attack?This guy had afilliations with terrorist and he (Obonger) will still not talk about that.The good job is being done by our military not by this socialistic goon ball.This incompitent idiot along with congress is destroying america from inside out and you limp wristed dolts can see past your noses.Give credit where credit is deserved and that is the GENERAL your dumpofcraps talked poo about during the Bush administration.GOOD JOB GENERAL PETRAUS!!!!,NOT BETRAY US IN OBAMAS WORLD!
  • by pete Location: grifton on Mar 6, 2010 at 03:55 PM
    Like Prarie dog's. up pops the head "POOF" prarie dog dead.
  • by GOOD JOB! on Mar 6, 2010 at 12:34 PM
    I'm glad Obama is not being soft on terrorists! This guy killed, drones attacks in Afghanistan, capturing and trying criminals. GOOD JOB!

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