The Taliban

Waliur Rahman Mehsud, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban of the Mehsud tribe in South Waziristan and Hakeemullah Mehsud’s deputy, said the Taliban is allied with al Qaeda, Osama bin Laden is alive, Predator strikes have killed many fighters but serve as a recruiting boon, and the Taliban has a 18,000-man army.

Bill Roggio is a Senior Fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies and the Editor of FDD's Long War Journal.

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