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Pakistani Taliban Regroup After Leader Killed by U.S. Drone

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Map showing the districts of the Federally Adm...

Map showing the districts of the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) FATA and the North-West Frontier Province (NWFP) of Pakistan. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The Pakistani Taliban’s supreme ruling council met Saturday to choose a new leader after a US drone strike killed Hakimullah Mehsud, a decision seen as critical to the fate of peace talks with the government.

Mehsud, who had a $5 million US government bounty on him, was buried late Friday after being killed along with four associates when a drone targeted his car in a compound in North Waziristan tribal district.

His death came as a major blow to the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) network, which was behind some of the most high-profile attacks in Pakistan in recent years, including the 2008 bombing of the Islamabad Marriott hotel and the attempt to kill schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai last year.

Tribesmen opened fire on Saturday at a US drone flying low over the area where Mehsud was killed, while a few kilometres away the usually busy market in North Waziristan’s main town Miranshah was virtually deserted.

“Local people are scared. The death of Hakimullah Mehsud has created uncertainty. Everyone is talking about Taliban revenge,” shopkeeper Tariq Khan told AFP.

http://www.afp.com/en/news/topstories/pakistani-taliban-meet-pick-mehsuds-successor

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Written by voiceoftruthusa

November 2, 2013 at 2:07 pm

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