Taliban No. 2 Killed in Drone Strike: Pakistan
Officials condemn North Waziristan attack
By Newser Editors, Newser Staff
Posted May 29, 2013 4:24 AM CDT
Updated May 29, 2013 7:47 AM CDT
Protesters hold an anti-drone banner during a peace march in Pakistan.    (AP Photo/Mohammad Hussain, File)

(Newser) – A suspected US drone strike assassinated the Pakistani Taliban's No. 2 commander today, according to multiple reports sourced to Pakistani intelligence. Officials tell the AP that their informants on the ground saw Waliur Rehman's body firsthand, while others say intercepted Taliban communications confirmed the kill. But a spokesman for the Taliban said the report "appears to me to be false news; I don't have any such information."

Rehman was considered the heir apparent to Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. "This is a huge blow to militants and a win in the fight against insurgents," a security official tells Reuters. Earlier, Pakistani officials had condemned the strike, which is the first since President Obama announced that the program was being scaled back—and the first since Pakistan's elections, in which the unpopular attacks were a major issue. Reports vary on how many were killed; the AP and CNN have 4 dead, but a resident tells Reuters that rescue workers have pulled seven bodies from the rubble.

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May 30, 2013 5:45 AM CDT
The finger of allah shooting bolts of lightening, or the wrath of the U S shooting hell fires.......they never know.
May 29, 2013 6:08 PM CDT
You know those women had to hold that sign or they would get the shit beat out of them. Drones strikes are as cowardly as is the way terrorist operate its and eye for and eye in behavior. Just think how freaked out these folks are having to look over the shoulder every minute not knowing when the next hellfire is going to erase them.
May 29, 2013 4:23 PM CDT
I don't support the war, but I think Bush's more traditional strategy is better than all these targeted assassinations.