Taliban: In Peace Talks With Pakistan

    This undated picture taken in 2008, shows new Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Maulvi Faqir Mohammad (R) as he addresses a gathering in the Bajur tribal region. A Pakistan Taliban commander Mohammad said August 20, 2009, that he had taken over the militant leadership, but the government said the claim simply exposed rifts after the reported death of leader Baitullah Mehsud. American and Pakistani officials believe Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Mehsud was killed earlier this month in a missile attack by US drone aircraft in the lawless northwest tribal belt near the Afghan border. Late on August 19, an apparent successor emerged -- TTP deputy and battle-hardened former teacher Mohammad -- but analysts said the claim was another sign of infighting, not unity. AFP PHOTO/ANWAR ULLAH (Photo credit should read ANWAR ULLAH/AFP/Getty Images)

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    This is unlikely to help U.S.-Pakistan relations. The deputy commander of the Pakistani Taliban says it is in peace talks with the country, which his group has been at war with for four years. "Our talks are going in the right direction," said Maulvi Faqir Mohammad, the No. 2 commander of the Pakistani Taliban. So far, the negotiations are only for the Najaur region, but he says that it will be a model for other areas. As a goodwill gesture, he says Pakistan has released 145 members of the group and the militants have called a ceasefire.

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