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Hakeemullah Mehsud appointed the new leader of Pakistani Taliban

Hakeemullah-Mehsud-3-thumb.jpgHakeemullah was appointed by the Taliban shura just days after Faqir Mohammed named himself the temporary leader of the group. The appointment gives new weight to claims that Baitullah was killed during an Aug. 5 Predator strike.


Senior al Qaeda leader leaves Pakistan, directs Iraq operations from Syria

Longtime jihadi religious and military leader Sheikh Issa al Masri left North Waziristan in Pakistan to aid in the revival of al Qaeda in Iraq's network inside Syria.


US Predators target the Haqqanis in North Waziristan

Two Hellfire missiles targeted a senior Haqqani Network commander and an al Qaeda operative in a town that is home to the Haqqanis' main madrassa.


Faqir Mohammed takes command of Pakistani Taliban

Faqir said the move is temporary as Baitullah Mehsud is alive but recovering from an illness. Muslim Khan has been named the new spokesman for the Pakistani Taliban after Maulvi Omar was captured on Monday.


Pakistani Taliban's top spokesman captured in Mohmand

Maulvi Omar and two aides were reportedly detained while traveling in the Taliban-run tribal agency. A senior Taliban leader was captured in Islamabad.


'Good' Pakistani Taliban leader vows to fight US in Afghanistan

Haji Turkistan Bhittani reaffirmed his loyalty to Mullah Omar and wants to continue the fight in Helmand province after his Taliban rivals are eliminated. Bhittani is backed by the Pakistani state.


South Waziristan Taliban groups clash - report

Forces loyal to Baitullah Mehsud reportedly ambushed a convoy of Mullah Nazir's fighters as they traveled to Wana, killing 17 fighters. Baitullah's spokesman denied involvement.


Pakistani Taliban regroup in Malakand

Two policemen have been beheaded and a local politician has been kidnapped as the Taliban continue to consolidate positions in regions outside of Swat.


Anti-Taliban tribal leaders assassinated in Pakistan's northwest

Pro-government tribal leaders in South Waziristan and Bajaur were killed in attacks. Tribes are forming anti-Taliban militias in Lakki Markat and Kohistan. The Pakistani military attacks Taliban bases in Kurram and Arakzai.


Taliban groups reportedly clash in South Waziristan

Turkistan Bhittani, a leader of an anti-Baitullah Mehsud Taliban group, claimed that more than 60 were killed in a battle with Baitullah's forces in the frontier town of Jandola. The report is unconfirmed.


US kills 14 in strike on Taliban training camp in South Waziristan

The attack took place in the Ladha region, where the Taliban reportedly have been meeting.


Taliban, Pakistani military clash in North Waziristan

The Taliban claimed 32 troops were killed during the battle; the military said 11 Taliban fighters were killed.


Taliban debunk claim of battle at shura meeting in South Waziristan

Hakeemullah-Mehsud-3-thumb.jpgThe government and a Taliban rival claimed that Hakeemullah Mehsud and Waliur Rehman killed each other at a meeting to decide on Baitullah Mehsud's successor. Later Hakeemullah and Waliur spoke to the media and denied a clash took place, and claimed Baitullah is still alive.


Analysis: Pakistani claims regarding Baitullah's death, shura clash, are suspect

Given the Pakistani government's poor track record in reporting on the deaths of senior extremist leaders as well as on recent events, the government's claims must be looked upon with skepticism.


The fog of the Predator war: Baitullah is alive, say Pakistani Taliban

Baitullah-Mehsud-thumb.jpgMilitary commanders and potential successors Hakeemullah Mehsud and Qari Hussain Mehsud, spokesman Maulvi Omar, aide Qari Hidayatullah, and a former Islamist politician all claimed Baitullah is alive and will speak to the media.


Analysis: Baitullah's death will impact operations Pakistan and Afghanistan

In the wake of Baitullah Mehsud's death, the Pakistani government could decide to end the military operation in South Waziristan.


Baitullah Mehsud's possible successors

Hakeemullah Mehsud is said to be in the lead to take over the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Qari Hussain Mehsud is a close second.


Al Qaeda and Taliban leaders killed in US airstrikes since 2004

A look at the senior leaders of the Taliban and al Qaeda killed during the US Predator air campaign, which started in 2004.


Baitullah Mehsud is dead, says Pakistani Taliban deputy

Faqir Mohammed, the deputy leader of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, said Baitullah was killed in the Aug. 5 airstrike in South Waziristan.


'Baitullah Mehsud is alive' - US intelligence official

Baitullah Mehsud survived yesterday's airstrike that killed his second wife, US intelligence officials said.