Khalid Aziz

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Taliban Defend New Perch in Northern Pakistan, Gaining Sway as Election Nears (Article in NYT by DECLAN WALSH)

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — When Taliban fighters swept into the Tirah Valley of northern Pakistan last month, grabbing a remote but strategic area that was previously known for criminal activity, Pakistan’s military seized a chance to bloody the insurgents before they dug in.

But the counteroffensive took a dismal turn over the past week, as the Taliban struck back with a combination of guerrilla tactics and dexterous tribal politics, defending their new perch and increasing their ability to disrupt Pakistan’s approaching election.

More detail.... Posted on April 9, 2013

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