While Pakistan weighs its options on how to deal with the Taliban weakened by the death of their leader Beithullah Mehsud, the United States is not letting up on the drone attacks.
The unmanned Predator aircraft was back in the skies over South Waziristan early on Thursday. It rained missiles into a Taliban hideout, reportedly killing four suspected militants.
The strike came two days after the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan finally acknowledged the death of their “amir” Beithullah Mehsud, and announced that Hakeemullah Mehsud, another Taliban warrior, had been nominated to take over the leadership.
Analysts have been skeptical of the capacity of the newly chosen leader, said to be all of 28 years, to hold the fractious alliance of militant groups together, but warn that the group could still unleash terror through its already trained suicide bombers.