A US counterterrorism official told AFP, meanwhile, that "there are strong indications (Mehsud) is dead" following a drone attack. "No one is expecting him home for dinner tonight," the official said. (Ed. Note: Looks like he won't be down for breakfast in the a.m. either. Bwa-ha-ha!)
US President Barack Obama is being told Mehsud was killed after a "dramatic escalation" of nine unmanned drones specifically targeting the Taliban leader in recent weeks, the US official told CNN television.
On Wednesday night, US surveillance in Pakistan spied a man on the roof of Mehsud's father-in-law's home in South Waziristan. The description was of a "short, stocky man who was following the physical description" of Mehsud, CNN said, citing the intelligence official.
A woman was massaging the man's leg and the Central Intelligence Agency knew Mehsud had diabetes, experienced pain in his legs, and often sought relief in that way, the report said.
Officials already had authorization from Obama to strike Mehsud if they thought they had a clear shot.
"That's when the CIA decided to move in," the network said the official said.
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