US, Pakistan: Taliban commander killed in shootout

A Taliban commander blamed for the deadliest attack on US troops since they entered Afghanistan in 2001 has been killed in a shootout with security forces in Pakistan, American and Pakistani officials said. Police killed Ahmad Shah, also known as Mullah Ismail, at a roadblock near the northwestern city of Peshawar, a senior Pakistani intelligence official said. Two US security officials confirmed Shah's death in a shootout and said Pakistani authorities had his body. All three officials spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.