ISLAMABAD (Online) - Al Qaeda-linked 313-Brigade has appointed its new chief, Shah Sahib, following the death of its commander Ilyas Kashmiri in drone attack in the South Waziristan Agency in June, a report said. The decision came after weeks of consultation among members of various militant organisations active in the tribal regions on the border with Afghanistan, reported Asia Times Online. Shah Sahib, a well-known Taliban commander, has been selected to initiate major alliances and finalise consultations ahead of Eid to launch fresh assaults against the security forces in the country. A SWA-based journalist confirmed the appointment. Recently, I spoke to one of the leading members of 313 Brigade of the Harakatul Jihad-i-Islami in Wana and he confirmed the appointment of Shah Sahib as the new leader, but added that his nomination was only for a certain period of time, and then the shura will choose a permanent amir [leader]. In addition to running 313 Brigade, Kashmiri was operational commander of the HuJI. Reports of Kashmiri's death surfaced in both local and international media after a June 3 drone strike in a remote village of SWA. Mystery still surrounds his death, but ground sources, both local officials and the Taliban, have persistently confirmed his death. Even his group reported his death in a press release issued to local media outlets. Kashmiri was among the five most-wanted militants by the US. With the appointment of Shah Sahib as the new leader of Brigade 313 and fresh alliances being formed, a major assault is now expected to be launched immediately after Eid at the end of August, according to the report. Abdul Shakoor Turkistani, a Chinese Uyghur, has taken control of overall command of foreign militants in the tribal region. He has always been on good terms with the major Taliban outfits. Well-placed Taliban sources told Asia Times Online that the decision was made at a recent meeting of members of the TTP and factions led by Hafiz Gul Bahadur and Mullah Nazeer in a remote area. The sources added that the meeting was overseen by the powerful Haqqani network and Qaeda.