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the region's new fighters

Profiles of some of the top Taliban lieutenants who have emerged over the past five years.

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Interview: Haji Omar

Here, in a rare interview, Haji Omar, the head of the Taliban in South Waziristan, says he intends to keep sending fighters across the border into Afghanistan, despite a peace agreement he signed with the Pakistani government. He also pledges to continue fighting the United States: "America and its friends including Britain, France and Germany have toppled our Islamic government in Afghanistan. We have started jihad against them."

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Haqqani

Jalaluddin Haqqani

A warlord and head of the Taliban in North Waziristan, Jalaluddin Haqqani is believed to be the architect of the Taliban's current attacks on U.S. and coalition forces in Afghanistan and he's credited with introducing a new tactic -- suicide bombing.

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Nek Mohammed

A young, charismatic Pashtun tribesman, he headed an Al Qaeda training camp near Kabul and by the age of 27 was a Taliban commander in South Waziristan. In June 2004, after reneging on a peace deal with the Pakistani government, Mohammed was killed by a Hellfire missile fired from an unmanned U.S. Predator airplane.

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Abdullah Mehsud

Described by Pakistanis as a "most wanted" Taliban commander, Abdullah Mehsud operates out of South Waziristan and is best known for masterminding the October 2004 kidnapping of two Chinese engineers in Pakistan.

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posted oct. 3, 2006

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