Pakistani Taliban splintering into factions (AP) – 2207th Edition

FILE - In this this Oct. 4, 2009 file photo, Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud, is seen in Sararogha of the Pakistani tribal area of South Waziristan along the Afghanistan border. The toxic mix of militant groups holed up in Pakistan's tribal belt on the border with Afghanistan have splintered into more than 100 groups. They are running out of money, their command and control system is teetering on the brink of collapse and they occasionally take shots at each other. (AP Photo/Ishtiaq Mehsud, File)AP – Battered by Pakistani military operations and U.S. drone strikes, the once-formidable Pakistani Taliban has splintered into more than 100 smaller factions, weakened and is running short of cash, according to security officials, analysts and tribesmen from the insurgent heartland.

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