Afghanistan: The Rules

“Many Taliban groups and drug gangs are giving up, for the moment, and fleeing across the border into Pakistan. More specifically, this is Baluchistan, the restless tribal territory of southwest Pakistan, where the Baluchi tribes are not fighting for independence (they already have lots of autonomy), but for a bigger share of natural gas revenues. The tribes already get a chunk of this, so they are not eager to shut down production on their lands. But the situation is so touchy that Pakistan has put Baluchistan off-limits to American UAV attacks on al Qaeda or Taliban leaders. Baluchistan is the last real sanctuary the Taliban have, and many more Islamic radicals are heading south, at least for a while.”

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