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New Pakistani Taliban Chief Returns To Lead Group

Maulana Fazlullah, known as "Mullah Radio" for his fiery broadcasts, led the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in the northwestern Swat Valley.
Maulana Fazlullah, known as "Mullah Radio" for his fiery broadcasts, led the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in the northwestern Swat Valley.
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The new leader of the Pakistani Taliban has returned to the country from eastern Afghanistan.

Unnamed Pakistani intelligence officials and a purported Taliban spokesman confirmed on December 3 that Maulana Fazlullah arrived in Pakistan's tribal region along the Afghan border a few days ago.

Fazlullah was appointed the leader of the Pakistani Taliban last month after a suspected U.S. drone strike killed his predecessor, Hakimullah Mehsud.

Fazlullah, known as "Mullah Radio" for his fiery broadcasts, led the Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan in the northwestern Swat Valley.

He fled to eastern Afghanistan after a Pakistani military offensive in 2009 decimated his power base.

Fazlullah has a $500,000 government bounty on his head.

He has mounted attacks on Pakistan's military and was behind the near-fatal shooting of teenage activist Malala Yousafzai last year.

Based on reporting by AFP and AP

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