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A Profile of the TTP’s New Leader: Hakimullah Mehsud

This article profiles Hakimullah Mehsud, the new leader of Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). With Hakimullah at the helm of the TTP, the group may reach further into Pakistan’s Punjab Province due to Hakimullah’s links to Punjabi-based militant networks; this may allow the group to further solidify ties with local insurgent outfits that have been traditionally focused on neighboring Kashmir and India. These factors mean that the TTP could become increasingly radical and dangerous under Hakimullah’s leadership.

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