North Waziristan hosts a blend of insurgents and terrorists operating against Pakistan and Afghanistan, with some also targeting the American homeland.
Afghan Taliban (Quetta Shura)
Last Saturday, May 7, dozens of heavily-armed Taliban fighters engaged Afghan security forces and brought Kandahar City’s urban center to a standstill for over 30 hours.
In the pre-dawn hours of Monday, 25 April, nearly 500 imprisoned insurgents escaped from Kandahar’s central prison through a 1,200 foot tunnel dug by the Taliban.
Insurgents in the eastern province of Nangarhar recently perpetrated one of the most vicious attacks against Afghan civilians in recent memory.
Although Uzbek militants have been active in Afghanistan and Pakistan since the late 1990s, little attention has been paid to these fighters.
The Quetta Shura Taliban (QST)& their senior leadership is distinct from the Haqqani Network, which operates primarily from the southeastern provinces of Khost, Paktia & Paktika, all the way to Kabul.
Dr. Frederick W. Kagan and Dr. Kimberly Kagan spent 150 days in Afghanistan in 2010 and lay out the key details of their latest report, "Defining Success in Afghanistan."