The 21st Century Phenomenon



United States military forces have captured Latif  Mehsud, a senior commander with the Pakistani Taliban, according to reports in the media on Friday 10/11/2013. The USA State Department has said but it declined comment on when it happened.

State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on Friday that US forces had apprehended Mehsud, whom she described as a senior commander of Tehrik-e-Taleban Pakistan and a leading figure in the Merhsud tribe, based in South Waziristan, FATA region of Pakistan. 

The Pentagon said Latif  Mehsud was captured in a USA military operation in Afghanistan, but the Washington Post newspaper reported on Friday that he was forcibly snatched from an Afghan government convoy in Logar province several weeks ago as Afghan officials were trying to recruit him to launch peace talks.

The Pakistani Taliban confirmed the capture, but said Latif  Mehsud was seized by the Afghan army at the Ghulam Khan border crossing in the eastern province of Khost on 10/05/2013, simultaneously to the special operations in Libya and Somalia (see – Barawe 10.05.13 ).

President Obama focused on targeted strikes and increased the use of UAV drones. But recently there is a clear change in anti-terror tactics by USA. There is a growing usage of special forces in order to capture senior Jihadi figures, to interrogate them and use the information for further operations. The inner information of such figures is way more important than just killing them.

Latif  Mehsud is a deputy to Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. The impact on the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan regime (see – Enigmatic-Peace ) and on the relations between Pakistan and USA (see – Abbottabad Raid) is not clear. 


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