Obama confirms US "took out" top Taliban chief in Afghanistan

August 20, 2009 23:48

US President Barack Obama said on Thursday confirmed that US forces "took out" the Pakistani Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud, Reuters reported. "You've got the Pakistan army for the first time fighting in a very aggressive way and that's how we took out Mehsud, the top Taliban leader in Pakistan who was also one of Osama bin Laden's key allies," Obama told a radio talk show host in a live broadcast from the White House. Mehsud was blamed for a wave of bombings across Pakistan, including the 2007 assassination of former Prime Minister Benazir Bhutto. US officials had said there was a "90 percent certainty" that Mehsud had been killed on August 5, although there was no confirmation.

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