September 1, 2008

SURGES EVERYWHERE:

Pakistani tribesmen organize private armies to fight Taliban: After weeks of fighting between the Pakistan Army and militants, the declaration of a month-long cease-fire may give the Taliban time to regroup (David Montero, September 01, 2008, CS Monitor)

Pakistan's Taliban might be getting stronger, wreaking havoc along the country's border with Afghanistan, but they are also growing wildly unpopular, inciting their own tribesmen to turn against them.

In the latest of a series of incidents, a lashkar, or private army comprised of Pakistani tribesmen, torched the houses of Taliban commanders in Bajaur, near the Afghan border, vowing to fight them until they are expelled, the Daily Times, a Pakistani newspaper, reports.

Posted by Orrin Judd at September 1, 2008 7:43 PM
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