Taliban commander says Baitullah alive, wants new TTP chief

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Wana, Aug 24 (ANI): Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) chief Baitullah Mehsud wants the Taliban council to choose their new head within THE next five days, according to commander Waliur Rehman.

Talking to a foreign news agency, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) South Waziristan Amir Waliur Rehman said, "We have thousands of suicide attackers, who can destroy their targets anywhere."

Waliur Rehman added that Baitullah Mehsud is alive; but is seriously ailing.

"Baitullah Mehsud had deputed the organization's affairs to me two months back," he said, adding US President Obama and his allies are Taliban's foremost enemies.

The security forces' operation in Swat had no effects on Taliban, as they are still present there who moved aside to save the people from any possible damage, The News quoted Waliur Rehman, as saying.

Ruling out any reports regarding the conflicts in Taliban movement, he said: "Our movement is active and effective with no rifts or difference within."

Waliur Rehman said Taliban has mujahids on all the fronts in South Waziristan for any possible operation there. (ANI)

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