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The Battle for Pakistan: Militancy and Conflict in Pakistan’s Tribal Regions

Few places in the world have assumed as much importance for the United States and its allies since 2001 as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions, which have served as a base for the mix of militants seeking to attack the governments, militaries, and civilians of the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others. In just over half ...

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Few places in the world have assumed as much importance for the United States and its allies since 2001 as Pakistan’s northwestern tribal regions, which have served as a base for the mix of militants seeking to attack the governments, militaries, and civilians of the United States, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and others. In just over half of the serious plots against the West since 2004, alleged militants received training at camps in Pakistan.

Today, the New America Foundation‘s Counterterrorism Strategy Initiative and Foreign Policy magazine hosted an event for the launch of a unique series of policy papers, "The Battle for Pakistan," written by local Pakistani researchers and other experts on politics and militancy in Pakistan’s tribal areas.

The New America Foundation is also pleased to present a series of detailed maps of Pakistan’s tribal areas, "Mapping the Battle for Pakistan." Maps of each tribal agency and the Swat Valley are available on the pages below.

Stay tuned… Orakzai by Raheel Khan; Dir by Manzoor Ali; Frontier Regions by Khalid Kheshgi Khan.

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