Score: Jihadi kingpin Baitullah Mehsud dead of kidney failure; Update: Reports false?

posted at 5:36 pm on September 30, 2008 by Allahpundit

Via the Jawas, CNN spreads the good word. Mastermind of Bhutto’s assassination and commander of some 20,000 Taliban fighters in Waziristan, making him the biggest power player in the world’s filthiest jihadi hive, he’s probably the biggest score since Mullah Dadullah, the “Taliban Zarqawi,” went the way of the original Zarqawi. Although, given how things have deterioriated since then in Afghanistan and Pakistan — and not just in the tribal areas, either — I wonder how much opportunity this will really give us. To see how bad it’s gotten, swallow hard and click here. “My brother, my dear”?

Incidentally, doesn’t Osama have renal problems, too? What is it with these turds and their kidneys?

An unnamed Islamabad-based source with connections within the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan said Mehsud died about 1 a.m. Wednesday. Military officials in the field confirmed to CNN that Mehsud had died.

Earlier reports said the leader of the Taliban in Pakistan was ill and was expected to die within a day. Mehsud is said to have succumbed to kidney failure and was believed to be about 34 years old.

Mehsud’s death leaves a power vacuum within the Mehsud tribe and the Pakistani Taliban, analysts say. Since there was no second in command of the Mehsud tribe, tribal splits are expected.

Here’s a quick and dirty profile from CBS in March dubbing him the next Bin Laden because of his designs on the west. He already had the infrastructure in place to churn out suicide bombers; the next step was to teach infiltration and expand his reach. Whether his successors share that ambition or whether they want to concentrate on NATO for now, I guess we’ll see.

Update: Roggio delivers some industrial-strength heart-ache.

A Pakistani source contacted an official at Geo TV, who said there is “no substantiation” to the claim. The reporter who provided the information to Geo TV “had nothing to back this claim up,” the source told The Long War Journal.

US intelligence believes the rumors are part of a “denial and deception tactic,” which is designed to throw off the military and intelligence off of Baitullah’s trail. With operations underway in Bajaur, Swat and other regions, Baitullah can stay under the radar of intelligence agencies if they believe he is dead.

“It is his best interest for everyone to think he is dying,” a senior US military intelligence source familiar with the fight against the Taliban in northwestern Pakistan told The Long War Journal…

If Baituallah had indeed died, the preparations for his funeral and the change in command for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan would have been detected, sources state. “Baitullah’s stature would ensure his funeral would be massive,” a source stated, while the Pakistani Taliban would quickly move to replace him, particularly with operations ongoing throughout Northwestern Pakistan.


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I’m gonna miss this savage. The world just doesn’t have enough savages.

Farewell.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 30, 2008 at 5:38 PM

OUIAI!!

Maquis on September 30, 2008 at 5:39 PM

Expect Pelosi and Reid to call for a day of mourning.

Bishop on September 30, 2008 at 5:40 PM

RIP, M*********ker.

Realist on September 30, 2008 at 5:41 PM

To quote Johhny Ringo in the movie Tombstone…”it smells like someone died…”

Liberty or Death on September 30, 2008 at 5:41 PM

Incidentally, doesn’t Osama have renal problems, too? What is it with these turds and their kidneys?

Well, they can’t urinate prior to martyrdom. That provision comes right before the one that grants them their 72 Virginians.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 30, 2008 at 5:42 PM

Incidentally, doesn’t Osama have renal problems, too? What is it with these turds and their kidneys?

It might have something to do with where they live — and what they eat. Been hidden away in the mountains among the rocks and heat, dust and other elements may be contributing factors.

At any rate, he’s gone…next.

Richard Romano on September 30, 2008 at 5:42 PM

“What is it with these turds and their kidneys?”
Modern water purification standards a bit hard to find in a cave living the jihad lifestyle of 600 AD. mmm good – that cholera or whatever parasite sure does quench the thirst and then keeps on giving. I guess he doesn’t get his 72 virgins dying this way. Oh well…

esperpento on September 30, 2008 at 5:44 PM

Roggio delivers some industrial-strength heart-ache.

:/

Richard Romano on September 30, 2008 at 5:45 PM

Update = Crap!

Mr_Magoo on September 30, 2008 at 5:45 PM

How is it a “score” if he died of natural causes? (Assuming he’s dead, of course). Is kidney failure a euphemism for Pilotless Drone?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2008 at 5:47 PM

grrr..HOw disappointing@

becki51758 on September 30, 2008 at 5:48 PM

This doesn’t help Michelle’s children.

ManlyRash on September 30, 2008 at 5:51 PM

You gotta wonder if “kidney failure” is a slang expression for a “Hellfire” missle.

Star20 on September 30, 2008 at 5:53 PM

This doesn’t help Michelle’s children.

ManlyRash on September 30, 2008 at 5:51 PM

America, and living in caves, is just plain mean.

OhEssYouCowboys on September 30, 2008 at 5:53 PM

May all 72 of his virgins look like Helen Thomas and Michele Obama.
Mwa ha ha ha.

TheSitRep on September 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

With the water over there, pretty limey and calcificated. I assume they probably have some serious kidney stone issues.

upinak on September 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

Isn’t Kidney Failure what the libs use as to why we shouldn’t bother looking for Bin Ladin . . . why haven’t you found him yet warmongers?

- The Cat

MirCat on September 30, 2008 at 5:56 PM

I thought the Bin Laden and kidney failure rumors were false?

lorien1973 on September 30, 2008 at 5:57 PM

How can anyone say Pakistan ISN’T a failed state? Imagine if the assassins of Bill Clinton controlled a part of the US and the government was too scared to go in there and get them. These people don’t even respect their own leaders.

Speedwagon82 on September 30, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Incidentally, doesn’t Osama have renal problems, too? What is it with these turds and their kidneys?

That’s what I heard initially.

I was living in NY at 9/11 and one of my roommates was Pakistani. He was positive that the U.S. was falsely blaming bin Laden because OBL was on kidney dialysis and couldn’t possibly be running around masterminding a bitch-slap to the U.S.

If the man ever was on dialysis, he seems to have recovered well enough.

JadeNYU on September 30, 2008 at 6:02 PM

NOW, on this 30th day of September, 2008, IT HAVING BEEN FOUND THAT, once again, the death of a cockroach has been prematurely reported,

IT IS, HEREAFTER, ORDERED, ADGJUDGED AND DECREED that:

OhEssYouCowboys shall never, ever, ever, again post anything, whatsoever, having to do with the death of a cockroach in the Middle East,

UNTIL SUCH TIME AS the death of said cockroach has been verified by the appropriate dna analysis, along with any and all submitted dental records and fingerprints.

Signed:
OhEssYouCowboys

OhEssYouCowboys on September 30, 2008 at 6:03 PM

Good news either way.

If he’s dead, he’s dead.

If he isn’t, he is more worried about becoming dead than being the leader of a bunch of terrorists. Macho, to those folks means as much as it does to any other gang leader. Hiding in a burka does not look good on a press release.

cozmo on September 30, 2008 at 6:04 PM

Praise be to Allah for making them drink water with worms.

I guess no 72 virgins (raisins) when you die from kidney failure and not from blowing yourself up.

moonsbreath on September 30, 2008 at 6:11 PM

Whoop, the DFL day of mourning is called off. Back to them wishing Bush would choke to death.

Bishop on September 30, 2008 at 6:15 PM

Mike Yon has several recent dispatches from Afghanistan posted, good stuff as usual. It is one bassackwards country for sure.

goat on September 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

If this POS has 20,000 troops in Waziristan, then it’s time to start testing fuel-air explosives in Waziristan. The first one should explode 1,000 feet above his compound.

fleiter on September 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

How is it a “score” if he died of natural causes? (Assuming he’s dead, of course). Is kidney failure a euphemism for Pilotless Drone?

Buy Danish on September 30, 2008 at 5:47 PM

Only when the kidney in question is found a 1/4 mile from the corpse. In which case you could say that the kidney failed…to remain intact within the body.

Guardian on September 30, 2008 at 6:28 PM

I’ll take Roggio’s word over ANY reporter out there.

Patrick S on September 30, 2008 at 6:32 PM

May all 72 of his virgins look like Helen Thomas and Michele Obama.
Mwa ha ha ha.

TheSitRep on September 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

You heartless bastard. Well done!

*eats*

Grue in the Attic on September 30, 2008 at 6:33 PM

May he partake in an endless feast of pigshit sandwiches in hell. http://www.choiceshirts.com/images/A8/39/A8399E-md-b.jpg

Teddy on September 30, 2008 at 6:53 PM

“Baitullah’s stature would ensure his funeral would be massive,”

so why not have a funeral of your own and let the word spread forth that he is dad and it’s his funeral and when they all show up… smart bomb their a$$es…

Kaptain Amerika on September 30, 2008 at 7:03 PM

dad=dead… DOH!

Kaptain Amerika on September 30, 2008 at 7:03 PM

Why do these Arabs bear a common resemblance to hippies?

leetpriest on September 30, 2008 at 7:09 PM

May all 72 of his virgins look like Helen Thomas Hillary Clinton and Michele Obama Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
Mwa ha ha ha.

TheSitRep on September 30, 2008 at 5:55 PM

fixt

leetpriest on September 30, 2008 at 7:10 PM

From the update:

If Baituallah had indeed died, the preparations for his funeral and the change in command for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan would have been detected, sources state.

Did the general public have to know that detail?

heroyalwhyness on September 30, 2008 at 7:17 PM

I hope the air force is coming to this big funeral. Wipe them out. Wipe them all out.

Mojave Mark on September 30, 2008 at 8:10 PM

“Score: Jihadi Kingpin Baitullah Mehsud Dead of Kidney Failure.”

Were he to die of kidney failure that we didn’t induce, would it really be a score?

Tzetzes on September 30, 2008 at 8:21 PM

Mail out funneral announcements and kill everyone that shows.

moxie_neanderthal on September 30, 2008 at 8:43 PM

Everytime something like this happens, my 101st Apache buddies get real down in the dumps. Another lost opportunity for some 30mm target practice gone. You know, like when you were a kid aiming at a can on your fence with a bb gun and the wind blows it off before you can shoot. Same feeling.

Well, like Moxie said my Sreaming Eagle friends, use a Hellfire on the funeral.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2008 at 10:02 PM

How can anyone say Pakistan ISN’T a failed state? Imagine if the assassins of Bill Clinton controlled a part of the US and the government was too scared to go in there and get them. These people don’t even respect their own leaders.

Speedwagon82 on September 30, 2008 at 5:57 PM

Dude, Eric Rudolph hid in the mountains of NC for years. And he didn’t have armed tribes guarding him. The Pakistanis do try and die trying.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2008 at 10:04 PM

Dude, Eric Rudolph hid in the mountains of NC for years. And he didn’t have armed tribes guarding him. The Pakistanis do try and die trying.

hawkdriver on September 30, 2008 at 10:04 PM

The difference is, obviously, that the US government wasn’t afraid to go in and get him; they didn’t know where to go get him.

john1schn on September 30, 2008 at 11:15 PM

The guy looks disturbingly like Charles Manson in that picture.

Blacklake on September 30, 2008 at 11:43 PM

The difference is, obviously, that the US government wasn’t afraid to go in and get him; they didn’t know where to go get him.

john1schn on September 30, 2008 at 11:15 PM

I’ve flown on the border right next to that terrain. You could hid several big armies in it. Just saying.

hawkdriver on October 1, 2008 at 1:59 AM

It’s a shame the cause of death wasn’t excessive lead ingestion. But at least he’s dead.

Since this thread mentioned OBL several times, let me ask this; Since the lib elites soon switched from calling him Osama to Usama, why isn’t Barry O called Barrack Ubama? Just curious.

TugboatPhil on October 1, 2008 at 4:42 AM

Fox is still running this on headlines. I hope it is true. I know that is not a Chritian attitude, but I am not the Pope.

Terrye on October 1, 2008 at 6:28 AM

It’s a shame the cause of death wasn’t excessive lead ingestion. But at least he’s dead.

Since this thread mentioned OBL several times, let me ask this; Since the lib elites soon switched from calling him Osama to Usama, why isn’t Barry O called Barrack Ubama? Just curious.

TugboatPhil on October 1, 2008 at 4:42 AM

Marketing!

hawkdriver on October 1, 2008 at 9:17 AM