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Pakistan Taliban: We'll Talk, but Won't Stop Fighting

Hakimullah Mehsud's comments come after string of attacks in Peshawar
By Mark Russell,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 28, 2012 10:00 AM CST

(Newser) – Pakistan's Taliban is willing to continue negotiating with the government, but it is not about to stop its attacks, its leader said via a video given to Reuters today. This month has seen the group carry out a series of big attacks—including suicide bombings at the Peshawar airport, the killing of a top politician, and yesterday's kidnapping of 22 paramilitary forces—showing it is still a power to be reckoned with in the region, despite significant loss of territory and pressure put on by the continued US drone attacks.

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"We believe in dialogue but it should not be frivolous," said the not-dead Hakimullah Mehsud. "Asking us to lay down arms is a joke." Mehsud also expressed unity with the Afghanistan Taliban and al-Qaeda. "We are Afghan Taliban and Afghan Taliban are us," he said. "We are with them and al-Qaeda." (Read more al-Qaeda stories.)

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