Death of Taliban Leader Confirmed

Big news from Pakistan: “The Taliban's top spokesman in Pakistan, captured this week by tribal fighters and security forces, has confirmed that the country's most wanted militant was killed recently by a U.S. missile strike,” according to the Los Angeles. The spokesman, Maulvi Umar, was arrested along the Afghan border on Monday and confirmed that Baitullah Mahsud was killed, even though Taliban commanders insist he is still alive. “Umar's capture marked the second arrest of a major Taliban figure within a 24-hour span. Earlier Monday, police said they arrested Taliban commander Qari Saifullah at a private hospital in Islamabad, where he was recovering from injuries suffered in a U.S. missile strike in Pakistan's tribal areas.”