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Iraq & Afghanistan Update/ April 29
Posted by The Agonist on April 29th, 2010

From our partners at The Agonist

April 29

Pakistan Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud is alive, says spy agency

The Taliban leader in Pakistan, Hakimullah Mehsud, survived an American drone strike in January and is alive and well, a senior official with Pakistan’s Inter Services Intelligence agency told the Guardian today.

Mehsud was reported to have died in a CIA drone strike in South Waziristan in January but, although Pakistan’s interior minister claimed he had been killed, the death was never confirmed by either US or Pakistani intelligence.

Today the senior intelligence official said he had seen video footage of the missile attack on Mehsud but other intelligence had since confirmed the insurgent leader survived. He declined to elaborate further.

“He is alive,” said the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. “He had some wounds but he is basically OK.”

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Iraqi prisoners were tortured and raped at a secret detention centre in Baghdad in the past year, Human Rights Watch said Wednesday.

Men who had been held at the Muthanna prison in western Baghdad reported abuse including beatings, electric shocks to their genitals and rape, Human Rights Watch said in an e-mailed statement.

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