June 14, 2009 6:05 PM

Pakistan declares war on Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud

The move signals that Islamabad is serious about fighting Islamic extremism, but promises to engulf the country in bloodshed. Mehsud's terrorist network spans Pakistan and he has grown so powerful that U.S. officials believe he poses an "existential" threat to nuclear-armed Pakistan, a key American ally.

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