|Taliban and Allies Tighten Grip in North of Pakistan - New York Times|
by ubernoir at 10:34 am EST, Dec 11, 2006
Islamic militants are using a recent peace deal with the government to consolidate their hold in northern Pakistan, vastly expanding their training of suicide bombers and other recruits and fortifying alliances with Al Qaeda and foreign fighters, diplomats and intelligence officials from several nations say. The result, they say, is virtually a Taliban mini-state.
|Taliban and Allies Tighten Grip in North of Pakistan|
by noteworthy at 12:12 pm EST, Dec 11, 2006
So numerous are the recruits that a tribal leader in southern Afghanistan, who did not want to be named because of the threat of suicide bombers, relayed an account of how one would-be suicide bomber was sent home and told to wait his turn because there were many in line ahead of him.
It's like seniority in a union.
Javed Iqbal, the newly appointed Pakistani secretary of the tribal areas, defended the North Waziristan accord:
"We have tried the coercive tactic, we did not achieve much. So what do you do? Engage."
I am reminded of this quote:
"It has become clear that Internet access in itself is a vulnerability that we cannot mitigate. We have tried incremental steps and they have proven insufficient."
-- Undersecretary of Commerce Mark Foulon
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