Pakistani Taliban Picks New No. 2

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In this July 28, 2011 file photo, Taliban No. 2 commander Waliur Rehman talks to the Associated Press during an interview in Shawal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border in Pakistan. Pakistani intelligence officials say a U.S. drone strike has killed the commander of the Pakistani Taliban. The militant group denies he is dead.

Out with the old, in with the new. Khan Said is now second-in-command of the Pakistani Taliban, promoted on Wednesday after a U.S drone strike in North Waziristan killed Wali-ur-Rehman, former deputy commander and a rising star in the terror organization. According to sources in the militant group, the Taliban committee charged with appointing Rehman’s replacement met after the burial of their former deputy leader and decided unanimously on Khan Said. His résumé includes acting as deputy to Rehman, as well as involvement in attacks that killed 18 on a Pakistani naval base in 2011 and freed 400 militants in a jailbreak last year.