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Monday, April 30, 2012

Al Qaeda names new emir for Pakistan: report -- By Bill Roggio, The Long War Journal

According to The News, al Qaeda has announced that it named a new commander for its network in Pakistan. Farman Shinwari, the new emir for Pakistan, has several brothers who are involved in the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. One brother also serves as a Harkat-ul-Mujahideen commander while leading Taliban fighters in Khyber and Waziristan. From The News:
The statement issued by al-Qaeda's Dawa Wing said that after consultations and approval of top Al-Qaeda leadership, Farman Shinwari was selected as head of the network in Pakistan. The statement said that reason of his selection was his close affiliation with Badr Mansoor and his knowledge about FATA [Federally Administered Tribal Areas]. Farman Shinwari, 30, was close to Badr Mansoor, the former al Qaeda figure killed in a US drone attack in North Waziristan on February 9, 2011. Farman married about three years ago and has two children.The statement also mentioned the names of all al-Qaeda leaders, right from Badr Mansoor to top commanders including Osama bin Laden. It was stated that their men have sacrificed their lives for the sake of Islam.

The sources said the al-Qaeda commanders based in Pakistani was not involved in the decision, but they only ratified it. Farman Shinwari belongs to Khugakhel sub-tribe of Shinwaris based in Landikotal, and has five brothers. He got B.Sc degree in Chemistry and Biology from Landikotal Degree College a few years ago and did his master's in International Relations from the University of Peshawar in the first division.

All of Farman Shinwari's brothers are affiliated with the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) and other militant groups. His elder brother Hazrat Nabi Shinwari, alias Tamanchy Mulla, was a theology teacher in a government-run school in Landikotal. He was leading the TTP in Khyber Agency in 2005 and also used to send militants to Kashmir and Afghanistan. He has remained the head of Harkatul Mujahideen and is nowadays said to be leading his group of TTP men in Waziristan.
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