This week, Pakistani Taliban finally confirmed what the Pakistani army had claimed many days ago -- that Hakimullah Mehsud was killed last month by U.S. drones. While there are conflicting reports about which strike dealt Mehsud the mortal blow, the Pakistani Taliban are leaderless for the second time in six months. Read how commentators are assessing the drone war.
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As unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have become increasingly central to America's wars, "drone porn" has taken the internet by storm with captivating aerial images of death and destruction. The Defense Department actually posts its drone attack footage on YouTube via public relations firm DVidsHub. Some of the videos have caught the attention of millions.
In 2009, the U.S. launched at least 50 missile strikes against al-Qaeda and Taliban operatives in northwest Pakistan. While drone attacks are more frequent than ever before, there is wide disagreement about civilian deaths. View our interactive map of Pakistan drone attack locations since 2004.
In Afghanistan, 16 militants were killed in two separate attacks by unmanned drones. While drones have been used widely across the border in Pakistan, they have been mainly for surveillance purposes in Afghanistan. Analysts suggest that a tactical change has occurred. Should the U.S. broaden its use of unmanned drones against militants, even if innocent civilians die?
On Friday, the Pakistani government said Baitullah Mehsud -- the head of the Taliban in Pakistan -- had been killed in the South Waziristan tribal area by a U.S. missile on Wednesday. Lisa Curtis of The Heritage Foundation discusses what the apparent death means for the war against the Taliban.