Fierce clashes between Taliban fighters and those loyal to a pro-government warlord killed at least 70 people on Aug. 12, intelligence officials said, a week after a CIA drone reportedly killed the top Taliban leader in Pakistan. The battles pitched Taliban militants against followers of tribal warlord Turkistan Bitani on the fringes of the South Waziristan border region, where U.S. and Pakistani officials believe Taliban chief Baitullah Mehsud died in a missile strike on Aug. 5. (AP)

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