Pakistan's army chief joins conference in Afghan capital

SAS soldiers in Afghanistan

Mehsud was killed in a drone strike in North Waziristan, located near the border with Afghanistan, the group said in a statement, the BBC reported.

But there were conflicting accounts of the drone attack from Pakistani intelligence officials and militant sources.

Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) today confirmed that the groups deputy chief Khalid Mehsud alias Commander Sajna was killed in a United States drone strike on February 8 in Pakistans restive northwestern tribal region.

Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah has appointed commander Mufti Noor Wali Wali as his new deputy, Khurassani added.

Afghan Deputy Foreign Minister Hekmat Khalil Karzai led a high-level delegation to Islamabad comprising of senior civilian and military officials. The US strike killing Mehsud shows that Washington has started to pay some head to Islamabad's calls finally. Pakistan had offered joint investigation into the Kabul's attacks that Kabul had blamed on the Haqqani Network.

Four insurgents including a foreign national have been killed as government forces stormed a base of Taliban group in Jurm district of the northern Badakhshan province on Tuesday, an army spokesman in the region said.

The border region is off limits to journalists and verifying information independently is hard.

The intensity of attacks decreased sharply after their basis were eliminated in Fata, but the militant group found refuge in border areas of Afghanistan from where they continue presenting a security challenge to Pakistan through sporadic cross-border attacks.

US drone strikes in the border region have picked up since US President Donald Trump took office in January 2017, though they are a long way off their peak in 2010.

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