Meet the Pakistani Taliban's New No. 2
Kahn Said takes over for slain Waliur Rehman
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 30, 2013 2:30 PM CDT
Soldiers of the Pakistan army stand guard after a bombing in Shabqadar near Peshawar, Pakistan in this May 13, 2011 file photo.   (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)

(Newser) – The Pakistani Taliban has already filled the vacuum left by yesterday's drone assassination of Waliur Rehman. After burying Rehman in what Reuters describes as a "low-key ceremony" the Taliban committee named a new second-in-command: Kahn Said. (Yes, feel free to make your Star Trek jokes in the comments.) "There was absolute consensus over Kahn Said," one Taliban source says. The New York Times, however, says it was just one "subgroup" that promoted Said and sees this as evidence of a possible rift in the Taliban group.

As for Said, the 38-year-old had long served as Rehman's deputy, and he helped plan some major operations, like a massive jailbreak last year, and an attack on a Karachi naval base the year before that. The Taliban was initially slow to confirm Rehman's death, but they have now done so—and are vowing revenge, reports CNN. "We hold the government of Pakistan responsible for this killing," a group spokesman said. "We will teach a lesson to Pakistan and the United States for depriving us of our beloved leader."

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May 31, 2013 12:29 PM CDT
TRUTH BE TOLD ...... They can tell everybody who the number (2) man in the Taliban is, in Pakistan .. and the number of number (2) men in the Taliban that they killed in Pakistan, and Afghanistan .. but .. they still can't tell Americans .. how the (CIA) assassinated Ambassador Stevens .. and killed (3) other Americans in Benghazi Libya, on 09-11-2012. My opinion? .. they can't tell Americans, the (CIA) assassinated Ambassador Stevens? --------- REALLY
May 31, 2013 10:33 AM CDT
hey kahn said meet sam our new no2 drone!!!!!! byyyyy!
May 31, 2013 10:00 AM CDT
Just like shootin' squirrels in my back yard. It's ecosystem supports 10. Shoot one, another will move in. Shoot em all, 10 will. Never ending. They breed like Taliban.