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Pakistani Taliban Are Said to Expand Alliances – NYTimes.com

May 7

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani Taliban, which American investigators suspect were behind the attempt to bomb Times Square, have in recent years combined forces with Al Qaeda and other groups, threatening to extend their reach and ambitions, Western diplomats, intelligence officials and experts say.

Since the group’s formation in 2007, the main mission of the Pakistani Taliban has been to maintain their hold on territory in Pakistan’s tribal areas to train fighters for jihad against American and NATO forces in Afghanistan and, increasingly, to strike at the Pakistani state as the military pushes into these havens.

via Pakistani Taliban Are Said to Expand Alliances – NYTimes.com.

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