Baitullah Mehsud

Pakistani Taliban Leader
Born 1974

Baitullah Mehsud was a leading militant in Waziristan, Pakistan, and the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. He formed the TTP from an alliance of about five militant groups in December 2007. He is thought by U.S. military analysts to have commanded up to 5,000 fighters and to have been behind numerous attacks in Pakistan including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto which he and others have denied. Disagreement exists over the exact date of the militant's death.… Read More

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  • Pakistan’s Militants: Bee Sting
    The Economist - Nov 07, 2013
  • Pakistani Taliban Leader Hakimullah Mehsud Killed In Cia Drone Strike
    Guardian (UK) - Nov 02, 2013
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    Taliban Talks: Lessons From The Past
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    The Express Tribune Blogs - Sep 22, 2013


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1974 Birth Born in 1974.


2004 30 Years Old He emerged as a major tribal leader soon after the 2004 death of Nek Mohammad. … Read More
2005 31 Years Old 1 More Event
Mehsud entered into a ceasefire with Pakistani authorities on 8 February 2005. … Read More
2006 32 Years Old By 2006, Baitullah Mehsud's growing influence in South Waziristan led terrorism analysts to label him as "South Waziristan's Unofficial Amir". … Read More
Pakistani officials traced an estimated 90% of suicide and militant attacks within Pakistan throughout the 2007–2009 period to his South Waziristan stronghold.
In an address to the nation on 2 January 2008, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf said that he believed Maulana Fazlullah and Baitullah Mehsud were prime suspects in the assassination of Bhutto.
In February 2009, senior Taliban leaders Baitullah Mehsud, Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Maulvi Nazir put aside their differences in an effort to refocus against a common enemy. … Read More
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