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Country Report Pakistan

  • Published: July 2014
  • Region: Pakistan
  • 25 Pages
  • The Economist Intelligence Unit

On July 22nd Sanafi al-Nasr, a senior al-Qaida leader based in Syria with close ties to the North Waziristan tribal agency of Pakistan, confirmed on social media that six al-Qaida mid-level commanders had been killed in the July 10th US drone strike near Miramshah.

The statement suggests that al-Qaida continues to have a significant presence in Pakistan, and is likely to confirm US concerns about the government's commitment to combat Islamist terrorism. The government has been co-operative in handing over al-Qaida operatives to the US but has not made targeting the group a top priority, given that al-Qaida has not conducted attacks in Pakistani territory. The military asserts that operation Zarb-e-Azb, its large-scale operation in North Waziristan which began on June 15th, is targeting all militant groups equally. However, it has not identified any fighters from the Pakistani-based Haqqani network, which the US government believes has launched attacks against its troops in Afghanistan, among the 500 militants the military claims to have killed or captured. The focus of the military's operations is on Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP, also known as the Pakistani Taliban), which READ MORE >

Country Report Pakistan

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