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    Pakistani Taliban Has New Leader

    FILE - This this Oct. 4, 2009 file photo shows Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud in Sararogha of the Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. Intelligence officials said Friday, Nov. 1, 2013 that the leader of the Pakistani Taliban Hakimullah Mehsud was one of three people killed in a U.S. drone strike. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud, File)


    After former Pakistani Taliban leader Hakimullah Mehsud (pictured) was killed in a U.S. drone strike, the group’s top council met on Saturday in the tribal area of North Waziristan (where drones are still flying overhead) to choose a new chief. Khan Sayed, a veteran insurgent and chief of the South Waziristan area, was voted in. Sayed was previously the group's number two commander and is thought to have masterminded an attack on a jail in northwest Pakistan in 2012 that freed nearly 400 prisoners. He is also thought to have been behind an attack on a Pakistani air force base. 

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