Joanna Palmer and James Coady contributed to this report.
Pakistan Security Brief – August 21, 2009
The Sri Lankan military has agreed to train Pakistani security forces in counterinsurgency techniques; a top Pakistani official claimed that over ninety percent of internally displaced persons had returned to their homes; a drone struck targets near Miram Shah in North Waziristan, where the Haqqani network is believed to maintain hideouts.
Following news of the reported death of Pakistani Taliban leader Beitullah Mehsud, stories about a violent clash amongst potential successors have emerged over the weekend. Below, the Critical Threats Project presents a brief summary of the emerging—and still unconfirmed—details of both incidents.