Monday, September 20, 2010

IN PICTURES: Waziristan Connections II: Abu Usman Adil, New Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan Leader, Meets with Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan Leaders

Abu Usman Adil, the new amir (leader) of the Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan, which is based in Waziristan.

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.

Abu Usman Adil (bottom left) at an IMU shura (council) meeting with the late IMU leader Yuldashev (third from left, in black turban).

Abu Usman Adil meets with Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan leader Hakimullah Mehsud (left)

Abu Usman Adil (right) with Waliur Rahman (Rehman) Mehsud, the leader of the "Mehsud Tribal Militia" and a senior leader in Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan.

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 a few weeks ago by the IMU's media outlet, Jundullah (God's Soldiers) Studios. In the video, the group announced the death last year of its leader, Yuldashev, and the naming of a new leader, Abu Usman Adil (Usmon Odil, Odil-Furqon), who is shown in the stills. Footage of Yuldashev before his burial and his burial are also shown.

Tahir Yuldashev (Muhammad Tahir "Farouq")Align Center

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

mahallah long live Uzbek mujahdeen