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.
Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan's deputy commander and "commander of Mehsud tribal forces" Waliur Rahman (Rehman) Mehsud lectures to a group of Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan and TTP members.
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. All but one of the stills in this post were taken by the author from a recent German language IMU video, "Good News/Glad Tidings from Pakistan" released in January by the IMU's media outlet Jundullah (God's Soldiers) Studio and later subtitled in English by an Urdu-English jihadi-takfiri Internet forum.
IMU leader Abu Usman Adil (left)
IMU leader Abu Usman Adil (in white hat)
Past installments of IN PICTURES: Waziristan Connections, showing IMU and TTP leaders together, can be viewed:
PART 2 (Abu Usman Adil & TTP)
PART 1 (Tahir Yuldashev & TTP)