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September 06, 2006

We live in interesting times...

WTF, over? This seems to be flying under the radar - Bill Roggio reporting on Talibanistan, otherwise known as “The Islamic Emirate of Waziristan.” Anybody got a view of this that explains it in other than noxious terms? Not questioning Bill - wondering why no one seems to think it's important enough to talk about outside of the blogs. At the end of July MSNBCNewsweek reported on "The Rise of Pakistan's Taliban," an article which highlights the problems of Nation-States dealing with tribes... which is looking to be the defining issue of the early part of this century.

Update: The Pakistani government asserts that General Sultan was misquoted:

AMBASSADOR MAHMUD ALI DURRANI: "General Shaukat Sultan has been grossly misquoted in a section of US media today. Let me put the record straight. Pakistan is on the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and his associates. If he is in Pakistan , today or any time later, he will be taken into custody and brought to justice. No amnesty has been granted to Osama Bin Laden. The Pakistan Army is in Waziristan for reasons of national interest and not because of external pressure. The Army will continue to stay in Waziristan for as long as the security situation demands. Pakistan is a full partner with the international community, especially the United States of America , in the War against Terrorism. Our resolve is firm."

The Pakistani Embassy has posted this press release.

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