Rep. Schiff Statement on Capture of Pakistani Taliban Commander

Washington, DC –Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), a senior Member of the Intelligence Committee, released the following statement on the capture of Latif Mehsud, a senior leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan:

"The capture of Latif Mehsud, a leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, is good news and another blow to those engaged in terrorizing innocent civilians. As a top commander of TTP and close ally of Hakimullah Mehsud, he can provide vital intelligence on the operations of this murderous group of insurgents.

"TTP has killed countless people in Pakistan at market squares, road-sides, churches and mosques. It has also tried to organize attacks on the U.S. homeland, as we saw in the attempt on Times Square several years ago. Together with the capture of Al-Libi last week, the United States has taken key terrorist figures off the battlefield and given us the opportunity to acquire critical information to protect our country and our allies."