May 28, 2014
A powerful faction of the Pakistani Taliban has announced it is splitting from the main body of the al-Qaida-linked militant group. A spokesman the Tehreek-e-Taliban faction, based in the South Waziristan region, said ideological differences with the group's central leadership have caused a rift.
Azam Tariq also cited disagreements over the peace talks with the Pakistani government as he announced the group's decision, on Wednesday, from an undisclosed location. The Tehreek-e-Taliban is a loose alliance of Islamist militants. The group has been fighting against the government since 2007.