Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Pakistan Tribal Militias Oppose Taliban But . . .

Tribal militias, formed with the assistance of the Pakistan security forces, are successfully opposing the Taliban in the northwest tribal areas of Pakistan.  Some observers view this development with alarm - citing the problems with private militias unaccountable to the central government.  Others welcome the growth of the militias as they know the terrain, the population, and where the Taliban are hiding.  In addition, the militias are controlling areas and a population that the security forces of the central government have not been able to control for a number of years.  Read more in "Militias Stem Taliban, But at a Price", Military.com, December 287, 2010.

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