Yesterday, Reuters and other news outlets that were given a rare tour of a Taliban training camp in operation in South Waziristan told us something that many of us already knew: the Taliban are still operating in the tribal agency, despite a Pakistani military operation that began in the fall of 2009. The video above shows the Taliban training at a camp in the mountains of South Waziristan. The article [excerpted below] describes a journalist’s visit. Note that the journalists encountered “fighters from Turkmenistan” while moving to the training camp. From Reuters:
Taliban commanders escorted a small group of journalists, including a Reuters reporter, to the remote camp.
To get there without running into army checkpoints, they drove to North Waziristan, where the army has limited control, and then walked uphill for 15 hours over rugged terrain.
On the way they came across fighters from Turkmenistan, a reminder that parts of Pakistan are a global hub for militants.
What they discovered at the training ground is that the Taliban are highly disciplined and determined.
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