31 Jan '13, 9pm

Sidelined Pakistani Taliban commander back in good graces

Faqir Mohammed. Image courtesy of AfPax Insider . Faqir Mohammed, the former emir in Bajaur of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, has returned to the fold after his dismissal a year ago for conducting negotiations with the Pakistani government. Faqir is close to al Qaeda emir Ayman al Zawahiri. Faqir recently appeared on a videotape with Maulvi Abu Bakr, the new emir for the Taliban in the Pakistani tribal agency of Bajaur, along with four commanders identified as "Brother Ahmad," Sheikh Osama, Maulana Abdullah, and Qari Zahid. The videotape, which was produced by the Taliban's Umar Studio sometime in December 2012, was released on the Jamia Hafsa Urdu Forum, a pro-al Qaeda and Taliban website, on Jan. 22. A translation of the videotape was obtained by The Long War Journal . The video begins with an unidentified interviewer asking Faqir if the "minor differences amon...

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