() () (1974 – July 24, 2007) was a member of the Mahsud
tribe in South Waziristan
, and a Pashtun
militant commander who killed himself with a hand grenade
after security forces raided his dwelling in Zhob
American authorities later claimed that he had originally been a prisoner in the Guantanamo bay detainment camps
, who was judicially released and subsequently "returned to the battlefield".
Abdullah Mehsud (Muhammad Alam Mahsud) was born in early 1974 in Nano village of South Waziristan, and was a member of the Mehsud clan Saleemi Khel in South Waziristan. Abdullah Mehsud fought against the Northern Alliance
and lost a leg to a landmine in 1996.
During the opening days of Operation Enduring Freedom
, Mehsud fought against U.S. and Northern Alliance forces in Afghanistan
. In December 2001, he surrendered to the Uzbek
warlord Abdul Rashid Dostum
in the Battle of Kunduz
.South Asia Tribune
, , February 10, 2005 He was handed over to the U.S. and spent 25 months in Guantanamo Bay detention camp
, where he was fitted with a prosthetic limb
. He was released by the U.S. and returned to South Waziristan.
Return to the battlefield
After his release, Mehsud immediately begin rebuilding his Taliban cadre. He commanded a force of up to 5,000 Taliban fighters. He then began initiating attacks on... Read More