30 May '13, 5pm

Pakistani Taliban confirm death of deputy emir in drone strike, appoint successor

Hakeemullah and Waliur Rehman Mehsud, before the Pakistani Army launched the South Waziristan offensive. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan's top spokesman, Ihsanullah Ihsan, confirmed today that Waliur Rehman, the group's deputy leader and emir in South Waziristan, was killed in a US drone strike yesterday. The Taliban vowed to avenge his death and also withdrew the prospects of peace talks with the newly elected Pakistani government. Rehman, his deputy Fakhar-ul-Islam, and two Uzbeks were among seven people killed in yesterday's strike at a compound in the village of Chashma just outside Miramshah in North Waziristan. The attack took place in an area administered by the Haqqani Network, the Pakistani Taliban subgroup that is backed by Pakistan's military and Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate and is closely allied with al Qaeda and other terror groups in the re...

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