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Book Review: "Shadow Catcher" by James R. Hannibal

A dead tango truly worth dancing about

Hakeemullah Mehsud was a bad guy, a major bad guy, and now he is simply worm food. And in honor of that we will do the dead tango dance. Yay!


This may be the first time I ever waited longer than Bill Roggio at Long War Journal to announce a successful return of a terrorist to room temperature.

After years of effort, the US has finally succeeded in killing Hakeemullah Mehsud, the leader of the al Qaeda-linked Movement of the Taliban Pakistan, in the latest drone strike in Pakistan's tribal agency of North Waziristan. Hakeemullah, who was responsible for numerous attacks in Pakistan and Afghanistan as well as the failed attempt to detonate a car bomb in Times Square in May 2010, was killed just as the Pakistani government was formally opening negotiations with the terrorist group.

While the Taliban have not released an official martyrdom statement for Hakeemullah, an official spokesman known as Shahidullah Shahid told Pakistani reporters that the emir is indeed dead, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The Muhajideen Shura in North Waziristan also threatened to attack the Pakistani state and military to avenge his death.