New al Qaeda Chief Also Leader of Pakistani Taliban

Al Qaeda has named a new chief of Pakistani operations. They have to do this quite a bit given that each new chief is killed in a drone strike:

Al-Qaeda has named Farman Ali Shinwari, a resident of the restive Khyber tribal region and whose brothers have been associated with terrorism in Kashmir, as its new chief in Pakistan.
But the real news here is buried in the story. You know how we are always being told by the wishful-thinkers on the Left that al Qaeda and the Taliban aren't the same thing? Well, read on and prepared to have your hopes for a "diplomatic solution" dashed:
He also served as the head of Harkat-ul-Mujahideen and is currently said to be leading a faction of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan in Waziristan.

Hazrat Ali alias Abu Mas’ab, another of Shinwari’s brothers, heads a Taliban faction called the Abdullah Azam Brigade.

Shinwari’s other brothers, Rehmat Nabi, Matiullah and Raziullah, have all fought in Kashmir with the Harkat-ul-Ansar. They later joined the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan.

The family that jihads together, or something.

Oh, and for those of you who pin your hopes for defeating terror on "education" take note of this distressing factoid: He has a Master's Degree in International Relations.

Posted by: Rusty at 03:21 PM


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