In a new statement, Gaza-based Jaish al Ummah (Army of the Nation) offered its condolences for the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud, the former emir of the Movement of the Taliban in Pakistan. Hakeemullah was killed by the US in a drone strike in North Waziristan on Nov. 1.

In its statement, which was posted on the al Raya Media Foundation’s Facebook page today, Jaish al Ummah said it received the news of Hakeemullah’s death “with great sadness.” Like al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula, Jaish al Ummah praised Hakeemullah and “the tribes of Waziristan” for fighting the “crusader enemy” in Afghanistan.

On Nov. 9, the Pakistani Taliban threatened to avenge the death of Hakeemullah Mehsud, in a statement released by its official media outlet, Umar Media.