Drone kills Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud: Ramifications for Pakistan, the Taliban, and the US

Reuters

Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud (C) sits with other millitants in South Waziristan October 4, 2009 in this video grab taken from footage released October 5, 2009.

The news that Hakimullah Mehsud, the head of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), died in a drone strike on November 1 was hard to believe at first, given that previous widespread reporting of his death in such an attack had been embarrassingly falsified on at least two previous occasions. This time, however, the news rings true, and the most dangerous man in Pakistan is no more.

Hakimullah's death will have important impacts on the TTP, Pakistan's deadliest terrorist group, as well as on the Pakistani state's approach to dealing with its militancy problem. The network will undergo inevitable flux as it adjusts to new leadership. But while Hakimullah's death is an important blow to the group, it is essential to understand that the death of a single leader in a drone attack does not constitute a deathblow to the organization. The TTP will almost certainly recover and will remain an existential threat to the Pakistani state and a deadly enemy of the United States at home and abroad; losing focus of the group due to temporary, if important, successes will only increase the TTP's lethality.

To read the full text, please visit www.CriticalThreats.org

Also Visit
AEIdeas Blog The American Magazine
About the Author

 

Reza
Jan

What's new on AEI

AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters
image A nation divided by marriage
image Teaching reform
image Socialist party pushing $20 minimum wage defends $13-an-hour job listing
AEI on Facebook
Events Calendar
  • 20
    MON
  • 21
    TUE
  • 22
    WED
  • 23
    THU
  • 24
    FRI
Monday, October 20, 2014 | 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Warfare beneath the waves: The undersea domain in Asia

We welcome you to join us for a panel discussion of the undersea military competition occurring in Asia and what it means for the United States and its allies.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 | 8:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
AEI Election Watch 2014: What will happen and why it matters

AEI’s Election Watch is back! Please join us for two sessions of the longest-running election program in Washington, DC. 

Event Registration is Closed
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 | 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
What now for the Common Core?

We welcome you to join us at AEI for a discussion of what’s next for the Common Core.

Thursday, October 23, 2014 | 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Brazil’s presidential election: Real challenges, real choices

Please join AEI for a discussion examining each candidate’s platform and prospects for victory and the impact that a possible shift toward free-market policies in Brazil might have on South America as a whole.

No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.
No events scheduled this day.