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    Thursday, July 26, 2007

    Life of Abdullah Mehsud

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    As a young man, Mehsud fought for the Taleban against the Northern Alliance in Afghanistan.

    He lost a leg in a landmine explosion a few days before the Taleban took Kabul in September 1996.

    New Taliban leader here: Baitullah Mehsud

    He surrendered along with several thousand fighters to the forces of Uzbek warlord, Abdul Rashid Dostum, in December 2001 in Kunduz, northern Afghanistan, and was later turned over to the US military authorities.

    Mehsud studied at a government college in Peshawar before attending a seminary where he befriended Afghan Taleban members and joined their movement. ( see video of Peshawar when he was there, 1990, below )


    Mehsud, whose real name is Noor Alam, is a Pashtun, the same ethnic group as the Taleban and belongs to the Mehsud tribe that inhabits South Waziristan on the Afghanistan border.

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    Mehsud declared holy war on President Musharraf

    The BBC's Rahimullah Yusufzai in Peshawar says his long hair and daredevil nature made him a colourful character.

    After his return from Guantanamo, Mehsud became a hero to anti-US fighters active in both Afghanistan and Pakistan.

    He was a comrade of another tribal militant commander, Nek Mohammad, who was killed by a Pakistani army missile in June.

    Our correspondent says Mehsud sometimes rode a camel or horse while visiting his fighters in the mountains.

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    The Taliban/AQAM have collapsed the political administration in North and South Waziristan, and established its own parallel government, with courts, offices, recruiting centers and military forces. Political parties such as Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazlur and Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam have provided the Taliban with legitimate cover to establish their political administration and training camps, and sortie attacks against the Pakistani government, Afghanistan, and the West.

    Also note that each of these Taliban leaders commands a significant local force of tribal fighters. Some, like Abdullah Meshud, command 30,000 Taliban and tribal levies, while others may command groups of about 5,000. An American intelligence source estimates the number of fighters under Taliban command at around 200,000. While all of the tribal fighters are not hard-core Taliban, the shear number of fighters under the command of the Taliban is reason why al-Qaeda leaders are quite comfortable with the overall security situation in northwestern Pakistan.

    He would have listened to this music maybe, and this is Peshawar Street Scene, a BIG town to him.

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    Commander of Taliban in South Waziristan detonated hand grenade during raid in Baluchistan

    Abdullah Mehsud, one of the most powerful leaders of the Taliban in South Waziristan, has been killed during a raid in the southern district of Zhob in Baluchistan province. The Taliban commander killed himself by detonating a hand grenade as “a team of Law-Enforcement Agencies (LEA) conducted a raid on the house of a Jamait-e-Ulema Islam (JUI)'s local leader,” the Kuwaiti News Agency reported. Abdullah’s death has been confirmed Aftab Ahmed Sherpao, Pakistan’s Interior Minister, The News reported today.

    Several other “militants” were killed in the explosion, while Abdullah’s brothers, Abdul Rahman Mehsud and Muhammad Azam, were captured along with a local Taliban leader, The News reported. The Kuwaiti News Agency reported that the brother and nephew of a Jamait-e-Ulema Islam (Fazl) leader were captured.

    The Jamait-e-Ulema Islam (Fazl) is a principal party in the Muttahida Majlis Amal (MMA), the primary Islamist opposition party in Pakistan which is led by Maulana Fazlur Rehman. Jamiat-e-Ulema Islam (Fazl) recently sponsored a gathering of 10,000 supporters of slain Taliban commander Mullah Dadullah in Baluchistan province.

    Abdullah Mehsud. Click image to view.

    Abdullah Mehsud, born Noor Alam, was a member of the Mehsud clan in South Waziristan, and was a clansman of Baitullah Mehsud, the most powerful commander in the tribal agency. Abdullah fought against the U.S. and the Northern Alliance during the opening days of Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, and surrendered to U.S. forces in Kunduz in December 2001. He spent 25 months in custody at Guantanamo Bay, and was later released to the Pakistani government. Abdullah then returned to South Waziristan, where he rebuilt his Taliban cadre and reinitiated attacks against Coalition forces in Afghanistan and the Pakistani government in the Northwest Frontier Province and beyond. Abdullah was believed to have commanded 5,000 Taliban foot soldiers.

    The Pakistani government signed “peace deals” with the Taliban in South Waziristan in 2005 and 2006, but Abdullah continued to consolidate his power in the region. In the spring of 2007, Abdullah was implicated by Interior Minister Sherpao as being behind the flood of suicide attacks across the country. One of the suicide attacks targeted Sherpao in his home district of Charsadda in the Northwest Frontier Province. The Pakistani government had a warrant out for his arrest but failed to execute it until today.

    Abdullah’s death comes as the Pakistani military has fought back against the Taliban in North Waziristan. Fifty-four Taliban fighters have been killed in clashes in North Waziristan since Saturday. The attacks were initiated by the Taliban, however. Well over 100 Pakistani soldiers, paramilitary troops and police have been killed since the Taliban and al Qaeda stepped up attacks in the wake of the government’s raid on the Taliban-supporting Lal Masjid, or Red Mosque, in the capital of Islamabad.

    Mahsud (Urdu: محسود) is a famous Pashtun tribe in Waziristan, Pakistan. The Mahsud tribe lives in the very centre of Waziristan, being hemmed by in on three sides by the Darwesh Khel Waziris, and being shut off by the Bhittanis on the east from the Derajat and Bannu districts. Two Pashtoon tribes, Ahmadzai Wazir and Mahsud, inhabit and dominate South Waziristan. There are also some Burkis, a small ethnic group that has been living in between Mahsud tribes and speak a unique language called Burki. Usually they pronounce their name "Mahseed". They are divided into three great clans namely Alizai, Bahlolzai and Shaman Khel.

    The Mahsud tribe are a people who can never even think of submitting to a foreign power. These are the words of Sir Olaf Caroe, who acted as the former governor of the Frontier. From 1860 to 1937, the English forces constantly attacked Mahsud positions in order to subdue them but never got a foothold in the area.

    Mahsud tribe is divided into three subtribes. Mahsud's usually call them Dre Maseed, meaning Three Mahsud. Each tribe has his own Khan. Gee Khan Langerkhel is one of the most prominent personalities of the Mahsud tribe.

    The home of Mahsud is an inhospitable mountainous terrain bordering between Afghanistan and Pakistan. This location has given them the flexibility to maintain some independence from central authorities of both countries. Like all other tribes, Mahsud cherish their independence and are fully conscious of their reputation of 'honour' and 'bravery'. They use these qualities to convey their ethnic superiority. Mahsud efforts to resist any penetration of their enclave was due to their intense independent spirit which almost borders on anarchy. In this 'the Mahsud effort was inspired by a deep-seated instinct which drove the tribe at all costs to resist subjection and to preserve their own peculiar way of life'. Every Mahsud considers himself as an equal to other Mahsud. The sentiment was well expressed by a Mahsud leader Gee Khan Langerkhel who told Evelyn Howell that 'Let it be filed: Blow us all up with cannon, or make all eighteen housand of us Nawabs' suggesting that all Mahsud were equal.

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    POOR Dumb Bastard, one legged, ex-con, hugged a grenade rather than go back to gitmo.

    al qaeda is doing this to the Afghan Ummah.....

    Those who believe, fight in the Cause of Allâh, and those who disbelieve, fight in the cause of the (false moujadeem), Tâghût (Satan). So fight you against the friends of Shaitân (Satan). Ever feeble indeed is the plot of Shaitân (Satan the false Moujahedeen ). ] al-Nissa:76. AQ is false.

    Let the Koreans go.

    For Noor Alam:
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    Abdullah Mehsud had been a senior Taliban leader in Swat before he was killed during a shootout with Pakistani security forces in Zhob in Baluchistan province. Zainuddin and his followers subsequently accused Baitullah of providing information to the Pakistani military that led to Abdullah's death. Read more:

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    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Noor Alam WAS a BRAVE man and didnot kill himslef, one of his "bodyguards" was al Qaeda.

    a friend of Noor.

    4:50 AM  

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