Friday, July 16, 2010

Waziristan Connections: Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan & the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

Muhammad Tahir "Farouq," Tahir Yuldashev, former leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (left), and Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud (just above Yuldashev)

UPDATE (August 27, 2010): The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan confirmed in a video produced by its media wing, Jundullah Studios, that Yuldashev was killed last year.

North and South Waziristan is a key base for a number of militant groups, chief among them the various Pashtun groups and confederations such as Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan (TTP; Taliban Movement of Pakistan) and the militia commanded by Mullah Nazir Ahmad. It is widely believed that Al-Qa'ida Central's (AQC) senior leaders are also based in Waziristan. The former AQC general commander of Khurasan (Afghanistan), Mustafa Abu al-Yazid, was killed in a drone missile strike in North Waziristan in late May.

TTP maintains ties and alliances with a number of other groups, including AQC and the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU), a group composed of several thousand fighters that was led by Tahir Yuldashev, who is also known as Muhammad Tahir "Farouq," who was killed last year. The stills in this post were taken from a video released last year by the IMU's media outlet, Jundullah (God's Soldiers) Studios. It shows Yuldashev meeting with TTP's leader, Hakimullah Mehsud.

Muhammad Tahir "Farouq," Tahir Yuldashev,former leader of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan

Yuldashev (far left) and Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud (just above Yuldashev)

A picnic in Waziristan: Hakimullah Mehsud (center, in brown hat) and Yuldashev (center, in green vest)


UZB3K said...

Assalamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullohu wa Barakatuh. Muhammad Tahir Furqon was killed last year in late August, may Allah grant him Shahada. Now Odil-Furqon (Muhammad Tahir Furqon's Son-in-law) is Amir for the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan.

Anonymous said...

Commander Qari Tahir Jaan was the Lion of south east asia and subcontinent may Allah grant this Warrior a place in Jannah among the Shuhada and Swaliheen!
dont be too happy kaafir, there are a 1000 Tahir Faruq in awaiting to be unleashed upon you to bring a holocaust beyond your dumb limited imaginations.

Anonymous said...

What an attractive good looking man was Hakeemullah! Lost his life for a useless purpose and objective. Could have led a happy life with wife and children. He could have used his bravery for some good reason instead of killing thousands of people of Pakistan openly.