Storify Report: U.S. Drone Strikes Kill Head of Pakistan Taliban

U.S. drone strikes Friday in the North Waziristan region of Pakistan killed five people including Pakistan Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud. Despite reports that Pakistan officials have been cooperating with U.S. drone programs, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned these latest attacks as a violation of sovereignty and territorial rights. Public response to Friday’s drone strikes was mixed. Some were pleased that the U.S. killed Mehsud, who had been on most wanted terrorist lists for his role in a December 2009 suicide bombing that killed seven Americans. Others were upset by this approach to fighting terrorism, warning that drone strikes only create more anti-western extremism. Some are predicting violent retaliation from the Pakistan Taliban for Mehsud’s execution.

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