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Pakistani Taliban's new deputy emir directed suicide operations, is an 'intellectual'

Pakistani Taliban's new deputy emir directed suicide operations, is an 'intellectual'

Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, the new deputy emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan, from a video released in September 2013. The Taliban blurred his face. Image from the SITE Intelligence Group. The Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan released some details on Sheikh Khalid Haqqani, a commander and "one of the top intellectuals," who was appointed yesterday to serve as the group's new deputy emir. "Khalid Haqqani has served as Emir of TTP's [Tehrik-e-Taliban or Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan] former Central Shura," according to a statement emailed to The Long War Journal by Umar Studio, the official media arm of the group. The Taliban statement was translated by the SITE Intelligence Group. "He is considered as one of the top intellectuals of TTP" and is "the force behind a fatwa [religious decree] issued by the TTP against the media," the statement continued. Khali...

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