Friday, October 31, 2008

List Of Pakistan's Militant Groups

Myriad Militant Groups Operate On Pakistan Border -- AP

Key militant groups that operate in Pakistan's violent northwest. While all are anti-U.S., only some are anti-Pakistan.


Leader: Baitullah Mehsud

An umbrella organization that embraces several Taliban-style groups, including the Movement for the Enforcement of Islamic Law, a violent affiliate of al-Qaida with close ties to its No. 2, Ayman al-Zawahri. Declared war on Pakistan in 2007 after its military operation against religious students holding a siege at the Red Mosque in Islamabad. Strong in Bajaur tribal region. Blamed for most attacks in Pakistan, including the assassination of Benazir Bhutto.


Leaders: Gul Bahadar, Maulvi Naseer

This group has promised not to attack Pakistan. Pakistan praises the group for killing hundreds of Uzbek al-Qaida fighters earlier this year, but Washington says the group sent fighters over the border into Afghanistan to attack U.S. forces. Washington wants Pakistan to shut Nasser down.

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