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Whether he's dead or alive Baitullah Mehsud's death is unlikely to change the landsacape in Pakistan. There are those who think that his death will close the door on a violent chapter in Pakistan and lead to peace, but experts remind us that similar claims were made about the killing of Nek Mohammad, another Waziristan-based pro-Taliban Pashtun commander who led an insurgency against security forces in the tribal belt. Nek was killed in June 2004 in a US air strike, but fundamental change did not follow.

Tags: Technology , Pentagon , Baitullah Mehsud , Pakistan , Taliban

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