Mehsud Group

The Meshud tribe from Waristan, Pakistan rose from relative obscurity to one of the most powerful terrorists fighting in both Afghanistan and Pakistan. Abdullah Mehsud, a Taliban leader who was among the first captives set free from Guantanamo, is allegedly Baitullah Baitullah's brother and certainly the cousin of Qari Zainuddin Mehsud and his brother Misbahuddin Mehsud. Baitullah Mehsud was a leading militant in Waziristan and the leader of the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) until his death by a U.S. drone strike in 2009. He formed the TTP from an alliance of five militant groups in December 2007. He is thought by U.S. military analysts to have commanded up to 5,000 fighters and to have been behind numerous attacks in Pakistan, including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto. Baitullah is suspected of masterminding the 2008 bombing of the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad. Abdullah Mehsud and Baitullah Mehsud both vied for…

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