Pardon my amateurish photoshopping.
It seems like every week brings a new report claiming the demise of Pakistan’s Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud only to have him pop up in a video days later, celebrating his continued existence in a mocking fashion. The latest and most infamous being his chummy appearance with Jordanian double agent, Humam Khalil Abu Mulal al-Balawi who killed 7 CIA agents in Afghanistan in late December.
Since January of 2008 there have been three major announcements from Pakistan of Mehsud heading off to wherever murderous bastards end up after their mortal blight here on earth comes to an end. The latest has him dying from injuries sustained from a US drone attack in late January while enroute to hospital on February 9th. While Pakistani news sources quote alleged Taliban sources affirming his death US intelligence officials remain skeptical. Additionally Taliban leaders have claimed Mehsud is still alive but that he’ll no longer be showing up on video and audio recordings, a measure they claim will aid him in avoiding US/Pakistani detection.