NATO now investigating a cross-border clash between two of its own helicopters in Afghanistan and ground forces in neighboring Pakistan.
The Haqqani Network is important not only because of its tactical & operational proficiency, but because it links foreign terrorists like al Qaeda to operations inside Afghanistan.
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.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) is a terrorist group founded in 1998, whose stated goal is the overthrow of the Uzbek president & to create an Islamic state in Uzbekistan.
The Islamic Movement of Uzbekistan (IMU) has been active in the Pakistani tribal region since late 2001, where it reconstituted after fighting alongside the Taliban.