Pakistan Security Brief
The Pakistani Taliban released a video of its former leader Beitullah Mehsud visually confirming his death; Afghan Taliban commander Hayatullah Khan claimed that Mullah Omar did not reside in Pakistan as indicated by US officials; unconfirmed reports claim that Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan leader Tahir Yuldashev was killed following a drone strike in August.
- On Tuesday the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) released a video of Beitullah Mehsud's body taken shortly after he was killed.� The body was shown wrapped in a cloth and bore little signs of trauma except for a few scratches on his face.� Mehsud was killed in early August by a US drone attack in South Waziristan Agency.
- An Afghan Taliban leader Hayatullah Khan stated that Mullah Omar and the Taliban leadership do not reside in Pakistan but instead find safety in Afghanistan.� This comment comes in response to recent talk by US officials that the Taliban is controlled by a Quetta Shura out of Baluchistan province.
- There are unconfirmed reports claiming that Tahir Yuldashev, the leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), is dead.� A man claiming to be Yuldeshev's body guard called Radio Liberty in Prague and claimed that he died of wounds sustained in a drone strike shortly after the death of Beitullah Mehsud in early August.� This claim has not been verified.�