The Long War Journal says we finally got him. I’ve reported Hakeemullah or Hakimullah Meshud dead in the past before reporting him very much alive. There is a new report saying we droned him yesterday, Friday November 1, 2013 in the town of Darpa Danday Khel. Appropriately, he was leaving a mosque after prayers when he was blown somewhere to meet his 72 virgins.
While the Taliban have not released an official martyrdom statement for Hakeemullah, an official spokesman known as Shahidullah Shahid told Pakistani reporters that the emir is indeed dead, according to the SITE Intelligence Group. The Muhajideen Shura in North Waziristan also threatened to attack the Pakistani state and military to avenge his death.
Hakeemullah was killed today by the remotely piloted drones as he left a mosque in the town of Darpa Danday Khel, a hotbed of al Qaeda, Taliban, and Haqqani Network activity in the jihadist-controlled tribal agency. Hakeemullah was not the first jihadist killed in the village; on July 2, US drones killed an al Qaeda military trainer and a Haqqani Network leader there.
US drones are responsible for both the rise and the demise of the slain Pakistani emir. Hakeemullah was promoted to lead the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan after his predecessor, Baitullah Mehsud, was killed in a US airstrike in August 2009.
Before his promotion, Hakeemullah led the Taliban in the nearby tribal agency of Arakzai. He was made famous after he appeared in a video driving a US Humvee that had been hijacked from a shipment of military supplies destined for Afghanistan.
Two months after Hakeemullah rose to lead his Taliban faction, the Pakistani military launched a well-telegraphed offensive to eject Hakeemullah’s forces from the tribal agency of South Waziristan. The Pakistani military has touted the success of the operation, but four years later the tribal agency is still contested. Hakeemullah and other top leaders of the group fled South Waziristan and sheltered with nonaligned Taliban factions in North Waziristan; none of the group’s top leaders were killed or captured during the operation.
But the US has succeeded where the Pakistani military and intelligence establishment has failed. Top leaders of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, as well as leaders and operatives from al Qaeda and other terror groups based in the area, have been killed in the US’ drone program. Earlier this year, the US killed Waliur Rehman, Hakeemullah’s deputy. Read more at The Long War Journal (all emphasis is mine).