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Pakistani Taliban chief killed in drone strike

Head of the Taliban representatives Maulana Sami-ul-Haq, center, speaks to journalists after a meeting with a Pakistani government delegation on March 22 in Islamabad, Pakistan.

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The head of the Pakistani Taliban was killed by a US drone strike on Nov. 1 last year, security and Taliban sources said.

Hakimullah Mehsud was one of the most wanted and feared men in Pakistan, with a US$5 million US bounty on his head, leading an insurgency from a mountain hideout in North Waziristan, the Taliban’s stronghold on the Afghan frontier.

“We confirm with great sorrow that our esteemed leader was martyred in a drone attack,” a senior Taliban commander said.

In Washington, two US officials confirmed Mehsud’s death in a CIA drone strike. They spoke on condition of anonymity.

At the White House, a spokeswoman said officials had seen the reports Mehsud may have been killed in Pakistan. “We are not in a position to confirm those reports, but if true, this would be a serious loss” for the Pakistani Taliban, Caitlin Hayden, spokeswoman for the National Security Council, said in a statement.

The killing of Mehsud was the latest setback for the Pakistani Taliban, a group aligned with its Afghan namesakes and which has staged attacks against Pakistani armed forces and civilians in its fight to topple the government.










1. insurgency n.

暴動 (bao4 dong4)

例: The insurgency was driven by people’s dissatisfaction with the government.


2. esteem v.

尊敬;尊重 (zun1 jing4; zun1 zhong4)

例: He is esteemed for his integrity.


3. topple v.

推翻;倒塌 (tui1 fan1; dao3 ta1)

例: The building is going to topple down.


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