- The Washington Times - Friday, October 15, 2010

A top Pakistan Taliban leader who recently warned that terrorists would launch attacks in the U.S. and Europe “very soon” has reportedly been killed in a U.S. drone attack.

Qari Hussain Mehsud is believed to be among four people killed in the drone strike in Pakistan’s North Waziristan agency earlier this month, according to sources and reports from the region.

Mehsud has a reputation for being a particularly ruthless terrorist. He cemented this reputation training children as young as 7 years old as suicide bombers.

He ran terror training camps at Spinkai in South Waziristan until they were overrun in Pakistani army operations. He is since believed to have moved his operations to North Waziristan.

Mehsud has been reported to be killed on at least two previous occasions.

He was believed killed in January of 2008 until he appeared at a press conference in the tribal belt along the Pakistan-Afghan border a few weeks later.

The terrorist leader taunted Pakistani officials who had claimed he was dead saying, “I am alive, don’t you see me?”

In the past month, the Obama administration has stepped up a covert drone program in the skies over Pakistan’s tribal border region.

Hussain is a former member of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi, a Sunni terrorist group that has largely directed attacks against minority Shias in Pakistan.

Earlier this week, Pakistani officials said they had foiled a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani and other top Pakistani officials, including Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Pakistani officials said the seven men arrested by police belong to Lashkar-e-Jhangvi.