Pakistan Seen Losing Fight Against Taliban and Al-Qaeda

[Washington Post] Griff Witte - Pakistan's government is losing its war against emboldened insurgent forces, giving al-Qaeda and the Taliban more territory in which to operate and allowing the groups to plot increasingly ambitious attacks, according to Pakistani and Western security officials. Regional peace deals have collapsed, but the government has deferred developing a new strategy to defeat insurgents until Pakistan's leader, Gen. Pervez Musharraf, can resolve a political crisis that threatens his presidency. Radical Islamic fighters have intensified a ruthless campaign that has consumed Pakistan's tribal areas and now affects its major cities. Military officials say the insurgents have enhanced their ability to threaten not only Pakistan but the U.S. and Europe as well.

2007-10-03 01:00:00

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