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Drone strike reportedly kills wife of Pakistani Taliban chief

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The US military appears to have landed one of its most poignant blows on the Pakistani Taliban: a predator drone strike has killed the wife of Baitullah Mehsud, the Taliban's commander in Pakistan.

How the strike will practically affect the Taliban remains to be seen. But it is certain to fan already smoldering rage against the US military as well as Pakistani forces – both of which are under considerable public fire for civilian casualties.

The drone attack is only the latest trouble for Mr. Mehsud. As his power has grown, so too have his enemies – and not only those patrolling the skies. News has emerged that even the Taliban itself is divided over the leader, with a new group recently formed to violently oppose him.

In recent weeks, a barrage of missile attacks – presumably fired by the US military – has been homing in on Mehsud's stronghold in South Waziristan, seeking the elusive leader in hideouts and Taliban offices, reports Voice of America.

Today's found its target at the home of Mehsud's father-in-law. Reuters confirmed reports that Mehsud's wife had been killed.

"I confirm that the female that was killed in the strike was the wife of Baitullah Mehsud,' the relative told Reuters by telephone.
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