Pakistani Taliban Pick New Leader

    This undated image provided the SITE Intel Group, an American private terrorist threat analysis company, on Friday, Nov. 8, 2013, and authenticated based on details in it, shows Mullah Fazlullah in Pakistan. Fazlullah, the ruthless commander behind the attack on teenage activist Malala Yousafzai as well as a series of bombings and beheadings, was chosen Thursday as the leader of the Pakistani Taliban, nearly a week after a U.S. drone strike killed the previous chief. (AP Photo/SITE Intel Group)

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    Must have been denouncing The Daily Beast that tipped the scales. The Pakistani Taliban chose hardliner Mullah Fazlullah as its new leader last week, suggesting the organization is moving toward more toward violent attacks and refusal to compromise. “This is a very calculated step by the Taliban meant to transform it from a tribal group to an ideological group,” said Zia Ur Rehman, a Karachi-based journalist. Fazlullah is a harsh critic of the Pakistani government, and is the first Taliban leader from heart of Pakistan and not the tribal region of North Waziristan—and has weak tribal ties to the area. . Fazlullah, known as “Radio Mullah” for his fiery broadcasts on an illegal FM radio station, is believed to be the mullah who ordered the attack last year on Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai.

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