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    Report: Pakistan Taliban Leader Dead

    FILE -  In this Sunday, Oct. 4, 2009 file photo, new Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, left, is seen with his comrade Waliur Rehman during his meeting with media in Sararogha of Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Prominent al-Qaida and Afghan Taliban fighters held recent meetings with Pakistani militants to ask them to set aside their differences and step up support for the battle against U.S.-led forces in Afghanistan, militant commanders said Monday, Jan. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud, File)

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    The Taliban chief in Pakistan has apparently been killed in a recent U.S. drone strike, Pakistani intelligence officials said Sunday. Taliban radio conversations were intercepted and militants reportedly discussed the death of their leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, from a Jan. 12 drone attack in North Wazirstan. A Taliban official has denied the claim, saying Mehsud was not in the area when the strike occurred. In 2010, Mehsud was also believed to have been killed in a missile strike, but the claim was proven wrong later.

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