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    Pakistani Taliban Confirms Killing of Top Commander

    In this photo taken on July 28, 2011, Waliur Rehman, the Pakistani Taliban's number two commander, talks to the Associated Press in Shawal area of South Waziristan along the border with Afghanistan.
    In this photo taken on July 28, 2011, Waliur Rehman, the Pakistani Taliban's number two commander, talks to the Associated Press in Shawal area of South Waziristan along the border with Afghanistan.
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    The Pakistani Taliban has confirmed that its number two commander was killed in a suspected U.S. drone strike on Wednesday.

    A Taliban spokesman, Ihsan Ullah Ihsan, said Wali-ur-Rehman is among six members of the militant group killed by a missile strike in the lawless North Waziristan region of northwestern Pakistan. Ihsan, who spoke to reporters by phone from an unidentified location, held Pakistan's government responsible for the attack.

    The U.S. government had offered up to $5 million for information leading to Rehman's location, while Pakistan's government had a $500,000 bounty on him.

    Ihsan threatened revenge for the killing of Rehman and said the Pakistani Taliban is withdrawing its offer of peace talks with the government.

    Pakistan has expressed concerns about drone attacks, saying such strikes are counterproductive, kill innocent civilians and violate national sovereignty.

    Incoming Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has called U.S. drone strikes a challenge to his country's sovereignty.

    U.S. President Barack Obama indicated last week he is scaling back the drone program.

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    by: OMAR from: INDIA
    May 31, 2013 1:58 AM
    Well done USA. We are grateful to USA to eliminate big terrorist from the soil. Please continue this type of attack, Pakistani Govt cannot take such action against terrorist,may be they are coward or they are not willing to take any action against killers of so many innocent civilians in this world. Once again We are thankful to USA for their bold step in this direction.

    by: Davis K. Thanjan from: New York
    May 30, 2013 3:25 PM
    Even the Associate Press can find the hide out of Waliur Rehman, the number two commander of Taliban in Pakistan, but the Pakistan military cannot find him! Pakistan did not find the hide out of Osama Bin Laden even though he lived near the military headquarters of Pakistan! Drone strike against Taliban by the US inside Pakistan is the only way to eliminate the threat of Taliban to Pakistan, Afghanistan, Syria and the U.S.. Still politicians like Imran Khan and Nawaz Sharif wail on the US drone attacks, but cannot eliminate Taliban. As long as Taliban remains as a threat to Afghanistan and the US interests in the Middle East, the US has the right for drone attacks inside Pakistan, whether the Pakistani politicians like it or not. Under the UN Charter, any country can attack by drone or not, if there is a perceived threat to security of any other country. Drones minimizes the collateral damage than any other kind of military operation. There will be some unavoidable civilian deaths especially when (1) Taliban live with the civilians, (2) civilians are used as human shield and (3) Taliban dress like civilians. It is Pakistan's responsibility to reduce civilian deaths by military operation against Taliban. The civilian deaths by US drone attacks still remain much less than civilian deaths by Taliban attacks.

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