Leader's death plunges Pakistan Taliban into dangerous disarray




 
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Leader's death plunges Pakistan Taliban into dangerous disarray
 
November 14th, 2013  
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Leader's death plunges Pakistan Taliban into dangerous disarray
By Maria Golovnina and Asim Tanveer ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - The killing of one of Pakistan's most wanted Islamic militants in a U.S. drone strike has exposed centuries-old rivalries within the group he led, the Pakistani Taliban, making the insurgency ever more unpredictable and probably more violent. Hakimullah Mehsud's death this month has set off a power struggle within the outfit's ranks, which could further unnerve a region already on tenterhooks with most U.S.-led troops pulling out of neighboring Afghanistan in 2014. When a tribal council declared Mullah Fazlullah as the new leader of the Pakistani Taliban last week, several furious commanders from a rival clan stood up and left. "When Fazlullah's name was announced, they ... walked out saying, 'The Taliban's command is doomed'," said one commander who attended the November 7 'shura' meeting in South Waziristan, a lawless Pakistani tribal region on the Afghan border.




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