Drone targets Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud. Is he dead?
A US drone strike killed at least 10 militants in Pakistan Thursday. A Pakistani security official says Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud was 'probably' killed.
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Pakistani Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi told reporters on Wednesday that he had established some “red lines” with Richard Holbrooke, the US special envoy to Pakistan and Afghanistan, that he hopes the US will not cross. Mr. Qureshi also warned that if the US intensifies its drone attacks or launches any ground operations in Pakistan, it will harm relations between the two nations, reports The Daily Times of Pakistan.Skip to next paragraph
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Despite the continued tensions surrounding the drone strikes, President Barack Obama and his advisers say that Pakistan is at the center of their fight against Al Qaeda and Islamic extremism. Agence France-Presse reports that administration officials say they cannot win the war in Afghanistan without the help of their counterparts in Islamabad.
The United States is increasing pressure on Islamabad to tackle militants who use its soil to launch attacks in Afghanistan and American officials have said that the highly secretive drone programme has eliminated some top fighters.
More than 700 people have died in drone strikes since August 2008.
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