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Emir tells of Taliban's rise to power in remote Pakistani tribal agency - The Long War Journal via @sharethis

Emir tells of Taliban's rise to power in remote Pakistani tribal agency - The Long War Journal via @sharethis

Hafiz Saeed Khan, the Taliban's emir in Arakzai. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The leader for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan in Arakzai said the Taliban were instrumental in imposing sharia, or Islamic law, in the tribal agency, and vowed to "continue to fight the army." Umar Studio, a propaganda outlet for the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, released a videotape interview with Hafiz Saeed Khan, who was described as the leader of the group in Arakzai. The interview was released on jihadist web forums in mid-April, but was dated September 2011, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which translated the video. In the interview, Khan said that until the arrival of a significant number of mujahideen, the Taliban had a strong core of supporters in the Mamuzai area in Arakzai that was prepared to impose sharia in the tribal agency, but "the only probl...

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