Taliban in Pakistan Names New Leader

August 23, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The Taliban militant group in Pakistan named a new leader to replace Baitullah Mehsud, who is presumed dead from a U.S. drone strike earlier this month. The deputy head of the terrorist organization, Maulvi Faqir Mohammed, told the BBC news organization that the group unanimously voted on Hakimullah Mehsud to lead the Palistani Taliban.

The new leader, Hakimullah Mehsud, is believed to be in his late 20s and said to be just as ruthless and rash as his predecessor. He is a military chief of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) organization, controlling a large group of about 2,000 fighters in the Orakzai, Kurram and Khyber regions of Pakistan.

According to the BBC, Hakimullah Mehsud is a mentor of the former violent leader, Baitullah Mehsud and could pose a bigger threat to the lives of U.S. and other foreign troops fighting across the border in Afghanistan.

Many in the U.S. and Pakistan see the naming of a new leader, as an acknowledgment that Baitullah Mehsud did indeed perish from the early August drone strike, despite denials from the Taliban.

The deputy leader told the BBC that the former leader, “Baitullah Mehsud, has been in hiding and he is very ill,” but many believe a new leader would not have been appointed if he were still alive.

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