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US trains its guns on the badlands of North Waziristan

Den Of Beasts
AFP (From Outlook, May 24)
Den Of Beasts
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A strip of land bordering the Khost province of Afghanistan, rugged and sparsely populated, North Waziristan has acquired international notoriety because of Faisal Shahzad, who failed to trigger the bomb in Times Square, New York. Faisal is said to have travelled there to train as a bomber. His choice of North Waziristan can’t be faulted—it has for long been the nursery of militants acquiring skills in making improvised explosive devices.

One of the seven tribal agencies comprising the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), North Waziristan is the refuge of Afghan commander Maulvi Jalaluddin Haqqani, who spearheads the Taliban fight in the Khost province. The area is said to be bustling with militants of all hues—from Jalaluddin’s own militia to Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) to fugitives belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT), the last two infamous for fomenting terror attacks in India. Worryingly for the United States, it’s also believed to be the hiding place of Al Qaeda...

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